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Ban on prisoners voting ‘humiliation’ of Māori, Tribunal told 
The Waitangi Tribunal has heard the ban on prisoners voting is underpinned by racism and disproportionately impacts on Māori. 

An urgent inquiry into the rights of prisoners to vote is underway in Wellington. The former National government banned all prisoners from voting in 2010. 

She is calling on the voting ban to be removed and believed that broader action needed to be taken to end the disproportionately aimed against Māori within the criminal justice system. 

Lawyer Annette Sykes, who representing three claimants, told the Tribunal the crown had failed to protect the ability of Māori to exercise tino rangatiratanga....... 

Scientists look to mātauranga Māori to slow biodiversity decline
A BioHeritage Challenge conference has heard that mātauranga Māori could hold the key to reducing the decline in New Zealand's biodiversity. Scientists and iwi representatives gathered in Wellington to work together to find new ways to protect the country's flora and fauna.

The science sector is taking a leaf from the indigenous knowledge workbook, both groups uniting to preserve biodiversity for future generations.

Ngāti Hine and Ngāpuhi kaumātua Tohe Ashby says, "I don't really agree with some of their views. But we [people] are connected [to the environment] thorough our lineage, because we are the youngest children of Tāne.”

Iwi representatives say indigenous knowledge and genealogy hold answers mainstream science would otherwise not be able to access.......

Matariki Achieving Excellence in Maori Health
We want to celebrate everything our people do to improve whānau experience, eliminate health inequities for Māori or develop the Māori workforce.......

Small steps to start kaupapa Māori service
"It’s not about having a Māori arm or a few workers who identify as Māori or whatever. It’s actually about the whole I guess philosophy of the organisation that’s providing the services, the control of the organisation that’s providing the services," Ms Kapua says......

Ambitious plan to secure Maori jobs in the economy
The New Zealand Maori Council has released its ambitious plan for both the future of the technical and vocational education sector and Maori employment in the 21st century. Matthew Tukaki, Executive Director of Council and Chair of the National Maori Authority has said that its time to take reform seriously but also not to miss the opportunity to empower Maori to move from the low wage growth side of the economy into high yield, high growth sectors such as digital, online and technology focused sectors:.....

Violence money best targeted at ground forces
The executive director of the New Zealand Māori Council wants to see more of the Government’s $320 million package to counter family and sexual violence being spent on building up Māori social service organisations.

Matthew Tukaki says Māori are dealing with the consequences of 60 years of state intervention in which something like 70 percent of children placed in care have been Māori .

"They need money to fund wages which are resources on the ground. Funding tens of millions of dollars into an awareness campaign, that will either be driven by MSD or the Heath Promotion Agency......

Racism underpins the prisoner voting blanket ban
Former retired Probation officer Tom Hemopo and Māori Climate Commissioner, Donna Awatere-Huata are due to give evidence this afternoon at the Māori Prisoner’s Voting Inquiry at the Waitangi Trbunal in Wellington.

Mr Hemopo and Mrs Awatere-Huata claim that the blanket prisoner voting ban discriminates against Maori and is a breach of their tino rangatiratanga and right to participate in the Māori Electoral voting process.

Mrs Awatere-Huata says that “Racism operates at many levels in NZ and this piece of legislation has taken away Māori people’s right to vote since the 1850’s. My evidence talks about the racist attitudes of the Crown towards Māori, the history of racism and colonisation, but more importantly what needs to be done to change those attitudes.”....

Māori fashion designers urged to protect Papatuānuku
Designer Misty Ratima, of Ngāti Rongomaiwahine, is concerned about the impact that fast fashion has on Papatuānuku, the environment.

"Fast fashion has been something that has been running rampant with the environment. The reason for that is because we are asking for fast turnaround of clothing and at a very cheap rate," says Ratima.......

Shane Jones rubbishes claim colonialism is to blame for family violence
Last year a report by the chief science adviser for the justice sector Ian Lambie said colonialism had an "inter-generational effect on Māori and Māori are disproportionately affected by family violence combined with other negative social effects of racism, discrimination and dislocation".

"I say to our Maori people - this sort of carry-on, don't go blaming colonialism; don't join the chorus of idiocy I'm seeing on the East Coast where the artists don't want Captain Cook celebrated because they're responsible for family violence on the East Coast. That's pathetic. I hate that soup of excuses."....

He's British, middle-aged, and is on a mission to strengthen te reo Māori
Having moved to Aotearoa to play rugby, Mark Bradley now has a job at Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori. He's tasked with building a plan to strengthen te reo, a cause he's devoted himself to for more than half his life......

'More Māori needed in newsrooms' - Top Māori affairs reporter
The supreme winner of the Māori Affairs reporter award at last night's Voyager Media Awards says more Māori are needed in the media sector to tell our stories. This comes as the Māori media sector is currently under government review.

Miriama Kamo was announced as Māori affairs winner at the Voyager Media Awards, which celebrate some of Aotearoa's top storytellers across digital, television, radio and print.

“We need more Māori in our newsrooms, anecdotally it's around 5-8%, which is obviously well off the mark of our general population. So, it's vital, if you truly want to reflect who we are as a nation, to increase our pool. But, if there is a bar to be met, what I would say is please don't raise it, don't make it hard for us to get over, equally don't patronise us by lowering it, hold the bar for us.".....

'Not one more baby': Māori leaders call for change at Oranga Tamariki
Oranga Tamariki says the physical and emotional wellbeing of children taken into its care would shock and sadden most New Zealanders.

Most are from backgrounds involving serious factors which can include exposure to family violence, parental drug and alcohol abuse, sexual and physical abuse and chronic neglect.

But some Māori are challenging the approach Oranga Tamariki is taking in the removal of babies from the maternity wards.....

Māori input essential for NZ marine conservation - US Professor
Professor Gary Libecap of the University of California says not including indigenous peoples in environmental affairs is a mistake.

"If you really wanted to protect the resource for the long term you really want to involve everybody who knows a lot about it, who has a great stake in it and not including indigenous peoples is an error."

Tuuta says, "We're hopeful that moving forward these sorts of discussions would begin between Treaty partners around how things should move ahead.".....

Replace the gang call with the ancient call - Ngāti Kahungunu chair
Chair of Ngāti Kahungunu Ngahiwi Tomoana is encouraging a local gang to celebrate their unique Māori identity and learn their traditional language and customs. The call follows a patching ceremony of gang members on Te Mata Peak in Hastings, which Tomoana refers to as a sacred place.

Relinquish the gang call and replace it with the ancient call, says Tomoana......

$12m to support Māori and Pacific projects to reduce rheumatic fever
New plans to tackle high rates of rheumatic fever among Māori and Pacific people have been announced the Government.

Associate Minister of Health Jenny Salesa revealed the plan at a pre-budget announcement in south Auckland's Ōtāhuhu on Saturday.

Salesa said the money from the Wellbeing Budget would support Māori and Pacific communities to develop their own community-led initiatives in the fight against the preventable disease.

Māori make up more than over 40% of Auckland homeless - report
A full report of the first city-wide census of people living rough in Auckland shows Māori are over-represented among the region's homeless.

Its findings show of the 800 people estimated to have been living without shelter that night, nearly 43 percent of were Māori, with a similar number of Māori living in temporary accommodation.

Māori make up just 11 percent of Auckland's population......

Māori need to call each other out about child abuse - Māori council executive director
Māori need to step up and get involved in solving New Zealand's horrific child abuse statistics, the head of the Māori council says.

He wants to see change in the system, whanau and the community to ensure fewer children face abuse......

Whaitua Committee elects Co-chairs for water work
Te Whanganui-a-Tara Whaitua Committee has elected two ‘Co-chairs’ to reflect the Committee’s commitment to taking a partnership approach with Mana Whenua.

Co-chair Kara Puketapu-Dentice describes this as “an important step forward that acknowledges not only the connection Mana Whenua have to their waterways but also the responsibility we have to ensuring the mana and mauri of the waters is upheld and enhanced for future generations”.

Whaitua is the Māori word for space or catchment.....

Rangatahi reo new ministry focus
Te Puni Kōkiri and the Māori language commission Te Taura Whiri are working together on a reo for rangatahi strategy, including regional workshops and a national youth reo summit.

"So you know how do we make it quick and snazzy how can rangatahi see te reo is of today's time, not just of past time or just on the marae, so looking forward to the work Te Māngai Pāho will invest in to enable us to realise the vision of Kia māhorahora te reo - Māori language that is seen and heard, everywhere, every way, spoken by everyone, every day," Ms Hippolite says.......

Auckland Transport and TSI pledge to create job opportunities for Māori and Pasifika
Over 30 jobs will be created for Māori and Pacific people as building on the second largest transport project in Auckland begins.

A partnership between Auckland Transport and The Southern Initiative (TSI) is looking to create equal opportunities for Māori and Pacific businesses and increase employment in low socio-economic groups.

The union will be part of the $1.4b Eastern Busway project, after an agreement was made with the prime contractor for over 30 jobs to be created for South and West Aucklanders, Māori and Pacific people.......

Gangs, P and state pēpi uplifts a perverse cycle
Ngāti Kahungunu chair Ngahiwi Tomoana says a mass gang initiation ceremony on Te Mata Peak and Oranga Tamariki attempting to snatch a baby from Hawkes Bay Hospital are two sides of the same story.

"Two, three generations later the mokopuna of the original gang leaders are running the current gangs, peddling P to our mothers, our poorest communities, who are then having their babies uplifted. It's a perverse connection to our whakapapa but it's state-led and we're finding an iwi Māori response in this time," Mr Tomoana says.......

Council's move to have committee members picked by iwi labelled 'worse than racist'
The Otago Regional Council has backed a controversial measure which will allow Ngāi Tahu to hand pick two candidates to sit on the council's policy committee.

But the proposal did not pass without incident, as it sparked a heated and at times fractious debate among councillors.

Councillors expressed surprise in the public's interest and vitriol in the matter, which councillor Michael Deaker explained was simply a "steady progression over the last 20 years of this council building a relationship with Ngāi Tahu".

Mr Laws said the measure did not favour Māori, it favoured only those associated with the rūnanga.

"Eighteen months ago you rejected Māori wards - every single one of you around this table and you said one of the reasons was you can't have racial preference.

"Bang. We are going to have two iwi representatives on the policy committee and they're going to have voting rights and we're going to pay them. There's no logical consistency there.".....

Overseas-trained teachers get Māori lens on the world
Overseas teachers say workshops held recently outlining Te Reo Māori and tikanga were very valuable to help them build the cultural knowledge and understandings they need to teach successfully in our schools.....

Māori population bigger and older
Stats New Zealand estimates the total Maori population in New Zealand at the end of December was 744,900.

That’s an increase of 10,600 over the year.

The median age was 24.6 years, also slightly older than 2017.

The total number of males was 363,900, with a median age of 23.1 years, and females totalled 381,000 with a median age of 26.1 years.

The total New Zealand population is set to pass 5 million people in the next few weeks.

Tourism strategy needs partnerships for success as Conservation and Tourism ministers join hands
At a panel discussion prior to the announcement, Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick and Te Tatau o Te Arawa chairman Te Taru White spoke on their partnership between local government and iwi.

White said although it could be a challenging journey working together, it was a "no brainer" that Te Arawa was involved in creating authentic experiences in the city.....

Te Tau Ihu nurses embrace Māori input
Nurses from the upper South Island are holding their annual convention in Nelson today, discussing the role of nurses in delivering heath for all.

"Culture is integrated and certainly challenged throughout the whole delivery of this programme today but also you can see there is a realness in the way Māori are seen to be consulted and there is real value in what they add to the delivery of any service change, any programme innovation, so I think this region is doing pretty well." Ms Nuku says......

Otago Regional Council to appoint iwi members
Iwi representatives will be appointed to an Otago Regional Council committee despite heated opposition among some councillors.

Councillors voted seven to three today to approach local runaka to appoint two representatives on its policy committee, joining 12 elected councillors.

The decision was supported by Mr Woodhead, Cr Kempton, Cr Doug Brown, Cr Robertson, Cr Lawton, Cr Deaker and Cr Bryan Scott.

It was opposed by crs Laws, Sam Neill and Graeme Bell.....

Waitangi Tribunal inquiring into Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011
The Waitangi Tribunal is currently inquiring into whether the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011, and associated Crown acts and policy regarding te takutai moana, are inconsistent with the Treaty of Waitangi. >

The Tribunal is considering the extent to which Māori customary rights holders in te takutai moana are protected by the 2011 legislation and Crown policy. The inquiry is part of the Tribunal’s kaupapa inquiry programme which is hearing claims on nationally significant issues which affect Māori across Aotearoa.

This is the latest challenge to the Crown regarding regulation of te takutai moana / the foreshore and seabed.....

Tribal leader rejects 'sanitised' agenda for UN visit
A tribal leader of Te Whakatohea, an Eastern Bay of Plenty Iwi in a prolonged dispute with the New Zealand government over Treaty recognition and settlement negotiations, has today criticised the handling of the United Nations Secretary-General's visit to Aotearoa which is due to finish this afternoon.

He ought to have been advised to decline any visit to Aotearoa that did not include a discussion with tribal leaders on the matter of the Treaty and our relations with the Crown.

"A visit by Mr Gutteres that does not include an audience with Hapu leaders on the problem of colonial predation and Treaty settlement negotiations appears to be a high-handed collusion of both the United Nations and the Wellington government to omit the authentic voices of the nation......

Hawke's Bay housing crisis: Iwi has goal to build 500 houses in four years, three times what Govt is planning
A Hawke's Bay iwi is a step closer to fulfilling an IwiBuild plan it believes will help solve a the region's housing crisis, but need one last push from Government to get it over the line.

Ngati Kahungunu Chairman Ngahiwi Tomoana said its plan was to build hundreds of new homes over the next few years, but it needs the resourcing from Government to put it into motion.....

Education Organisations in Wellington - Maintain and repair Mäori customary nets using Mäori customary methods
There are 5 Education Organisations in Wellington region with consent to assess for the standard Maintain and repair Māori customary nets using Māori customary methods....

Ngāi Tahu share climate change ideas with UN Sec-Gen
Ngāi Tahu hosted United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his last meeting in Aotearoa before he heads to the Pacific Islands for further UN discussions.

The iwi will put forward what they're doing to combat climate change in the hope that ideas and initiatives may be taken up by the UN.

Ngāi Tahu spent almost an hour addressing one of the most influential leaders in the world. They gave insight into their environmental objectives and protections.

"Our climate change strategy requires our commercial entities to develop climate change action plans," says Lisa...

Don Brash and Māori Council open to having 'cup of tea' after trading insults
Don Brash and New Zealand Māori Council executive director Matthew Tukaki say they're ready to meet for a cup of tea after hurling barbs at one another.

Tukaki said said the Human Rights Commission had been in touch and had assigned a case officer.

Tukaki said he had no desire to give Hobson's Pledge oxygen but was "more than happy to share a cup of tea" with Brash face-to-face.......

Maori Council Calls for a National Infrastructure Commission
NZ Maori Council Calls on Parliament to Establish a National Infrastructure Commission – the time is right …

The New Zealand Maori Council has backed the establishment of New Zealand Infrastructure Commission calling the idea long overdue and who’s day has come. Councils Executive Director Matthew Tukaki has said that Infrastructure is the corner stone of a future Maori and New Zealand economy (Tukaki is also Chair of the New Zealand Maori Councils National Taskforce for Access to Industry and the Economy”......

More room for mātauranga Māori in NCEA revamp
Ensuring equal status for Mātauranga Māori is another important dimension of the proposed changes and fits well with the other proposals for bringing the qualifications up to speed for the 21st century......

Appointing iwi representatives an attack on democracy
Democracy Action is very concerned by Otago Regional Council’s move to appoint two Ngāi Tahu representatives to the Council, with full voting rights on the Council’s powerful Policy Committee.

Democracy Action Chairman, Lee Short, says:

“Ngāi Tahu are big business. The potential for conflicts of interest to arise are too great to ignore. To have representatives of a significant commercial entity appointed to serve their own interests is a very serious and unwelcome departure from our democratic and egalitarian principles”.

“Councillors would be acting with no mandate from the citizens of Otago. Such a move must be put to the people to decide whether iwi representation on council is in the best interests of the district.”

More on the above here > Otago Council should reject voting tribal appointees

And more here > Reaction mixed to ORC seats for iwi

Māori deaf community hoping to connect more with their marae, tikanga
Deaf Youth leader Eric Matthews says, "We're hoping for a future where Maōri deaf are able to develop waiata so that hearing Māori are able to learn...the beautiful flowing signs that we use when we waiata, our facial expressions."

Sign language became an official language of New Zealand in 2006. With only about 110 interpreters, Tū Tangata Turi would like to encourage more Māori to take up the challenge.

"The Māori deaf board is looking to engage with the Māori Language Commission to develop ways of Māori deaf and Māori hearing working together in partnership." .....

Review reveals 'challenges that Māori media organisations face'
A review of the Māori media sector has found they receive significantly lower budgets to produce content compared to other media, but any decisions about its future will not be made until the end of the year.

It received funding from three main sources from 2017 to 2018, including $19 million from Vote Māori Development, $16m from Te Māngai Paho and additional income from advertising.

However, any decisions about the future of the Māori media sector will be announced at the end of the year.......

Ngāti Porou lawyer, business leader honoured with knighthood
A lawyer, scholar and business leader with a passion for Māori development will be honoured as a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit today for services to business and Māori....

New plan adopted for managing Motueka's parks and reserves
The lowland forest at Brooklyn Recreation Reserve will be extended under the new Motueka Ward Reserve Management Plan, which was adopted last week by the Tasman District Council.

An additional key change was also added: "Council works in partnership with iwi/Māori, community groups, other organisations, neighbours and volunteers to implement the objectives and policies of this plan.".....

Buy from Māori business conference call
The lack of specific measures to support Māori businesses will be discussed at a conference in Auckland today.

The Southern Initiative has been working with Auckland Council and its council-owned organisations to change their procurement practices to include specific opportunities for Māori and Pacific businesses, and to outline specific social and environmental outcomes in their procurement.......

Tāmaki Collective explores Oranga Tamariki partnership
Māori iwi and social service providers in Auckland are keen to form a partnership with Oranga Tamariki to give them more visibility of tamariki Māori in care.

The collective will work on monitoring mechanisms and how so set up mātua whāngai-style support so tamariki can be cared for within wider whānau or hapū networks.......

Cr Laws condemns iwi-only seats for Otago Regional Council
The proposal of Otago Regional Council (ORC) senior staff to give local iwi
two (2) voting and paid seats on the ORC’s powerful policy committee, “is so privileged, and so obviously racist, that it calls into question the fundamental principles of democracy in Otago.”

On this Wednesday, 15 May 2019, the ORC will receive a senior executive management paper that recommends that two positions on the council’s policy committee be reserved exclusively for iwi (read Otakau runanga) representatives; that they be accorded full speaking and voting rights; that they be paid on the same pro rata basis as elected councillors; and that those positions be appointed by the local runanga and sit on the very next ORC policy committee meeting.

“ It’s an extraordinary assault upon democracy. It is a recommendation that
embraces all the PC nonsense of our age but misrepresents both logic and
law in advancing such racial privilege.”.....

Maori paying for treaty settlements
In 2018, just $20 million was paid out in Treaty settlements. A new report shows annual tax taken from Maori via their consumption of tobacco, alcohol and gambling was $1.1 billion. If you do the math, last year’s Treaty settlement total was less than 2% of that tax amount.

To conclude, Dr Glover said, “it’s time the excess tobacco tax, that is, the extra amount that Māori disproportionately pay, is distributed to Iwi to reduce smoking prevalence. This should be quite separate from Treaty settlements.”.....

Fears tourism providers exploiting Māori culture for profit
New Zealand still has a long way to go to properly value Māori culture and language, tourism operators say.

Cultural tourism has increased dramatically over the past few years with more Māori businesses and experiences offered around the country.

But there are concerns some may be focused more on profits than authenticity......

Removal of fees and a stronger NCEA
Families of secondary students will no longer have to pay fees for NCEA and NZ Scholarship, in one of a raft of changes announced today to strengthen the qualification and pave the way for more young people to succeed.

“Improving support for students to undertake NCEA through Māori-medium education is long overdue.

“The default choice that many whanau face is to revert to English-medium schooling at secondary level. The Government has already announced more investment to recruit and train teachers fluent in Te reo Māori. And we’ll ensure a greater range of teaching materials is developed so that mātauranga Māori and te ao Māori have parity within the NCEA qualification, and within our schools and kura,” Chris Hipkins said.....

Captain Cook 250-year commemoration to tell Māori side of history - Minister Kelvin Davis
Commemorations of Captain Cook's arrival in New Zealand are an "opportunity" to acknowledge Māori suffering, Māori-Crown Relations Minister Kelvin Davis says.

Rather than denigrating Cook's actions, Mr Davis said he wanted to balance European histories by focusing on the Māori side of the story.

"[Cook] did arrive in New Zealand, he did a number of things when he got here that, certainly, Māori have not forgotten and we still feel the pain of and I believe this is an opportunity for our Māori story to be told properly.

"We should just grasp that opportunity ... to make sure people know what happened and we're still suffering the consequences of many of those encounters."......

Strong public support to remove contentious Te Mata Peak track
Hastings District Council's plans to remove a controversial walking track up Te Mata Peak have gained strong public support.

Hastings Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst said ninety percent of public submissions support completely removing the track.

On 11 June, independent commissioners will hear the council's application for resource consent to remove the track built by Craggy Range winery and to restore the landscape.

Iwi have regarded Te Mata Peak as a sacred mountain for 1000 years and there were pā sites around the mountain, said a cultural report by iwi organisation Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga.......

Northland father studies connections between education and the Māori lunar calendar
Northland student and father Tamati Rakena is set to further his passion for mātauranga Māori after winning a $24,000 scholarship to study towards a Master of Education degree at the University of Auckland.

Rakena, of Te Rarawa and Ngāti Hine, was one of 14 selected as a recipient of the Kupe Leadership Scholarship.

As part of his studies, Rakena is researching the connection between education and the maramataka, or Māori lunar calendar.

He thinks the maramataka should become a part of the curriculum, in mainstream schools and kura kaupapa Māori.

"Hopefully, I’m able to implement or plant the seed of the importance that the maramataka has had on Māori culture for centuries and the ongoing effects that it could have.".....

Financial disputes schemes failing Maori and Pasifika
The government-approved disputes schemes to which people wronged by a bank, insurer, or lender can appeal for help are hearing too few complaints from Māori and Pasifika New Zealanders.

When Dr Carla Houkamau from the University of Auckland evaluated the responses of a small sample of Māori participants in financial capability courses she found some people were deterred from engaging with banks because they saw them as racist.

Some wonder whether there's a cultural aspect to willingness to complain......

New Zealand government announces marine protection plan for coast of South Island
DOC and Fisheries NZ were working with Kāi Tahu, because the iwi was interested in helping manage marine protected areas in the region, she said......

Plans to keep sculpture that challenges visitors to Waiheke
The bronze sculpture by Waiheke Island artist Chris Bailey, called Te Werowero, was installed at Matiatia ferry terminal as part of the Sculpture on the Gulf exhibition in March.

Dan Harrop, who has lived on Waiheke for six years, saw the sculpture and thought it was too beautiful to only be there for a few weeks.

The sculpture is intended to act as a kaitiaki or guardian for the island, which welcomes visitors and challenges them to respect the island's culture, wāhi tapu, and fragile natural environment, Mr Harrop said.

It will cost $50,000 to keep the sculpture and Auckland Transport has offered to pay half, matching dollar for dollar on the fundraising campaign......

The Auckland hapū taking control of whānau health
Auckland hapū Ngāti Whatua Orākei is turning to private health insurance to remove the barriers its people face in the public health system.

It comes as the Waitangi Tribunal examines why the public health system is failing Māori.

A year ago Ngāti Whātua Orākei partnered with providers Nib to offer health insurance for all its people. Anahera Rawiri is helping to lead the rollout of the scheme through Whai Rawa - the financial arm of the hapū.

"We tried to take control of our destiny - what I would say is that we're here.....

$98 million Māori pathway created to break reoffending cycle in Northland, Hawke's Bay prisons
A whānau-centered pathway to tackle Māori reoffending rates will be introduced at Northland and Hawke's Bay prisons, the Government has announced.

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis said the $98 million investment from the 'Wellbeing Budget' was a "major first step" to breaking the cycle of Māori reoffending and imprisonment by changing the way Corrections operated.

"We are acknowledging that our system does not work for the majority of Māori," Davis said......

Road Safety Signs – Te Reo Māori and English
Download these road safety signs in Te Reo Māori & English! Set up your own road and use old wrapping paper cardboard tubes to stick these signs onto for a fun activity to try during Road Safety Week!......

Children's Comissioner says Oranga Tamariki approach must change
Children's Commissioner Andrew Beecroft says Oranga Tamariki has no choice but to change its approach.

Ministry figures showed the number of Māori new-borns taken into state care rose from 110 in 2015 to 172 last year.

From 1 July, new legislation will be implemented, meaning Oranga Tamariki will need to partner with Iwi and Māori Organisations in decision making......

Iwi want law change to commercially farm trout
Central North Island iwi are calling for a law change to commercially farm trout. Aotearoa is the only country in the world where it is illegal to buy or sell the fish and an iwi leader says the outdated law is locking them out of a lucrative business.

Tuwharetoa traded trout in the early 1900s but in 2019 it is illegal to commercially farm the fish.

Lake Rotoaira Forest Trust Manager Tiwana Tibble says, "It's crazy that New 
Zealand is the only place in the world that hasn't yet got to the level where you can farm trout."....

Limited Māori ECE resourcing for 50,000+ QLD Māori
Te Kōhanga o Ēkara at The Mulberry Bush has been operating in Brisbane Australia for three years. Sharing te reo and tikanga Māori with their tamariki has been their drive since the centre's inception, however, issues of funding and resources have presented its challenges.

Kaiako Sharna Te Hau says, “We're dedicated to providing an environment for our children to live in a Māori world with our teachings and customs so they can see their culture every day and know where they come from and who they are.”

More than 50,000 Māori are estimated to live in Queensland and the whānau from Ēkara are hoping to eventually expand their services......

Valuing the priceless
But despite the problems being well-recognised, and the solution being reasonably well-recognised, we have seen little policy progress.

And the reason for that is also well-recognised. Successive governments have feared that making administrative water allocations, like irrigation consents, look more like tradeable property rights will result in Waitangi Tribunal claims around water.

We argue that it is time to cut this Gordian knot. If iwi have water claims in particular areas that have not been extinguished by Treaty, sale or contract, then it is a fundamental issue of natural justice that those claims be recognised and fairly treated. Resolving iwi water claims, through negotiation with local iwi and hapū, also then allows us to move forward towards better freshwater management systems......

Kiwifruit: Iwi look to increase stakehold
Māori have stamped their mark on the kiwifruit industry with plans to increase their stakehold in the future by utilising more land.

Māori Kiwifruit Growers Inc chairman Tiaki Hunia said the group formed in 2016 to create a collective voice.

''We have always maintained the view that what is good for Māori is great for the industry.''

Its members, which include collective owners and iwi, account for more than 180 orchards in New Zealand.

Te reo Māori only netball tournament a hit
The Puni Reo netball tournament in which players, referees and spectators only speak te reo Māori has proven a great success for a second year running.

More than 500 kids, in 55 teams from 35 schools, took part in the event in West Auckland yesterday.

Eruera Lee-Morgan says, "It's not all about winning. At the end of the day, te reo Māori is the main winner."

The tournament was a great occasion to celebrate the language, which was spoken all day, and a fun experience for the kids as well......

New Māori name created for submerged continent Zealandia
Zealandia, the mostly submerged continent on which New Zealand sits, has been given a Māori name.

GNS Science, which played a big role in bringing the existence of Zealandia to the world's attention, said the New Zealand Geographic Board had wanted a Māori perspective considered for the name.

That would be achieved by making connections between the places where Māori migrated from, and whenua/land and kiwa/sea, GNS said. That was widened to a name that was acceptable to both Māori and Pasifika.

GNS approached Associate Professor Mānuka Hēnare, of Auckland University, to recommend a Māori name that reflected the nature and position of the continent......

Taranaki iwi welcome $27mil energy centre announcement
Taranaki iwi have welcomed the government's $27mil pre-budget announcement to go towards building a clean energy centre in Taranaki. The centre will help lead the country's transition to a low-carbon economy.

Taranaki iwi chief executive Wharehoka Wano says, "We do expect some local jobs but I am yet to hear the Māori voice or perspectives in the initiative."

"Iwi strategies are strongly tied to looking after the environment so we expect to be across this," says Wano.......

He Oranga Tamariki CEO Must Go
The CEO of He Oranga Tamariki must be held accountable for the increased removal of Māori children, states Associate Professor Leonie Pihama of Te Kotahi Research Institute, University of Waikato.

Statistics show that over the past four years there has been a significant increase in the number of Māori Newborn babies taken by the state with figures, obtained from the Ministry by journalist Michelle Duff in December 2018, showing an increase from 110 in 2015 to 172 in 2018. Over the past months, we have also seen the increase of child abuse inflicted on Māori children in the state system.....

DCC preparing waterfront plans
The Dunedin City Council is preparing the city's waterfront regeneration plans as it waits for a decision on a bid for a multimillion-dollar chunk of the Provincial Growth Fund.

A memorandum of understanding, committing to support the project, has also been signed by the DCC, University of Otago, Port Otago and Ngai Tahu, as well as Damien van Brandenburg and businessman Ian Taylor, who first floated the concept.

The council also planned to work with Ngai Tahu, as a key stakeholder, to ensure any development reflected the cultural significance of the area and its importance to iwi, she said......

Historic graduation for Māori researcher at the University of Otago
Chanel Phillips (Ngāti Hine) has become the first doctoral graduand of Te Koronga, the Māori postgraduate research excellence group at The University of Otago.

Te Koronga co-director Dr Anne-Marie Jackson says, “Chanel exemplifies Māori research excellence in her level of scholarship and in who she is as a person. She puts the aspirations of her communities at the centre of her research and is a seen face in the work she undertakes.

A total of five Māori postgraduate students graduated today. All researchers have undertaken Māori research topics utilising Māori research approaches.

Chanel Phillips (Ngāti Hine), Doctor of Philosophy, A Journey to Belonging: Explorations of Māori Perspectives of Water Safety. Funded by Health Research Council.

Terina Raureti (Ngāti Raukawa), Master of Physical Education, Kia mārama ai te ihi, te wehi o Mukukai: The influence of swimming on whānau engagement with water.

Nikki Timu (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Kahungunu), Master of Physical Education, Māori perspectives on the use of haka within New Zealand sport.

Ben Hanara (Ngāti Kahungunu), Postgraduate Diploma of Physical Education, Mā te tai o Tangaroa, Mā te mauri o te wai. Tangaroa: Atua of human movement

Shane Witehira (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu), Bachelor of Physical Education (Hons), Mā te Whakapapa ka ora ngā Tauira Māori.....

Baby grab shows need for Māori solutions
A Māori sociologist says a case where midwives were locked out of Hawkes Bay Hospital while Oranga Tamariki and police tried to seize a newborn baby from his mother shows how the system is broken for Māori.....

Māori seek direct input into govt's climate change policy
Māori leaders in the fight for climate change say the government needs to let Māori determine climate change policy - not just be consulted.

The Iwi leaders forum this week set up the National Māori Climate Network and says Aotearoa should declare an environment and climate emergency.

Climate Change Iwi Leaders Group chair Mike Smith said Māori are likely to be impacted more so than other communities because of climate change.

Mr Smith said Māori not only need to be consulted but be determining policy around climate change......

$20m Captain Cook commemoration ignores Māori pain - critics
A movement to boycott this year's commemorations of the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook's landing at Tūranganui-a-Kiwa is gaining strength.

More than $20 million is being spent on events and resources to mark the anniversary of Cook's landing in Tūranganui-a-Kiwa, later named Gisborne, in 1769.

Indigenous rights advocate Tina Ngata said his landing was not a cause for celebration.

"Māori are still very mamae and we are still labouring under the historical and enduring rights violations as a result of the event that they are commemorating this year," she said......

Māori take charge of museum vision
A museum curator says nominations for the taonga Māori section in this year’s Museum Aotearoa Awards shows the ways museums are now working to help iwi and Māori communities tell their own stories......

Kaitaiki principles need to be in climate response
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says a spirit of kaitiakitanga needs to underpin New Zealand’s approach to climate change.

She says the briefing on the Bill included a video with comments from Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei’s Ngarimu Blair.

"He said if we’d always, as a nation and in fact as a world principles of kaitiakitanga what kind of conversation would we be having now? It would probably be a very different one. The need to continue to adopt those Māori principles when it comes to our relationship with the environment will just continue to be even more important. It's just a shame we haven't done more of that up until now," Ms Ardern says.....

Tasman District Council to appoint fulltime kaihautū
Tasman District Council is to recruit a permanent, fulltime kaihautū to provide strategic leadership and help it become more "culturally responsive".

In a report, council chief executive Janine Dowding said a kaihautū would also support the development of enduring partnerships with the eight Te Tau Ihu iwi and Ngāi Tahu. They would be responsible for fostering positive engagement and outcomes for iwi, Māori and the wider community......

Iwi's message to Govt over taken baby: 'Not one more child will be uplifted. We will intervene at all costs'
That's the powerful message from Ngati Kahungunu Chairman Ngahiwi Tomoana to the Government after a standoff involving police at Hawke's Bay Hospital over a seven-day-old baby boy about to be uplifted by Oranga Tamariki earlier this week.
On Thursday Tomoana and chairman of Takitimu District Māori Council Des Ratima spoke to Hawke's Bay Today about the incident.

Ratima backed Tomoana's call that "not one more child" will be taken......

Child stealing undermining communities
"How are we expected to see healthy flourishing communities in the future when this is happening right from birth to the most vulnerable communities and significantly to Māori and this has been happening for decades now," Ms Hutchinson says.......

Historic abuse in state care - Government sets out response
The Government has agreed on a set of principles to guide how government agencies and the Crown responds to the Royal Commission into historical abuse in state care and in the care of faith-based institutions.

The six principles are:

• manaakitanga – treating people with humanity, compassion, fairness, respect and responsible caring that upholds the mana of those involved;

• openness – being honest and sincere, being open to receiving new ideas and willing to consider how we do things currently, and how we have done things in the past;

• transparency – sharing information, including the reasons behind all actions;

• learning – active listening and learning from the Royal Commission and survivors, and using that information to change and improve systems;

• being joined up – agencies work together closely to make sure activities are aligned, engagement with the Royal Commission is coordinated and the resulting actions are collectively owned; and

• meeting our obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi – honouring the Treaty, its principles, meeting our obligations and building a stronger Māori-Crown relationship through the way we operate and behave......

First Māori on the Supreme Court bench wants a focus on his culture
Justice Joe Williams says it's daunting to be the first Māori judge in the Supreme Court but he's determined to see more value put on the Māori culture.

He's previously held roles as the Chief Judge of the Māori Land Court and chair of the Waitangi Tribunal - and was appointed as a Judge of the Court of Appeal last year.

Justice Williams said it was important that Māori in the courts came to see their culture was valued, and it was up to the system to signal that it valued Māori culture.

He wanted to see more tikanga Māori and culture and identity programmes in prisons, and cultural training also needed to be targeted at officials, he said.

"I think it is happening and it needs to happen quickly, not just the prison population but those who create the prison population - the officials, the corrections officers, the probation officers, all the way through to the judges.

He said it could be as simple as pronouncing Māori names and place names correctly, understanding concepts of whanaungatanga, mana, tapu and local whakapapa......

VUW decides: It will not be changing its name
Victoria University of Wellington announced today that it would not be changing its name.

It announced instead a “branding refresh” that would see it emphasise the word Wellington to differentiate it from other universities.

It also approved a new Māori name, Te Herenga Waka......

Claim that Pākehā a racist word is 'rubbish', te reo educators say
A woman who took offence to the word "Pākehā" being used at a Christchurch City Council meeting came from a place of "naivety and misinformation", Māori educators say......

Official status sought for name Aotearoa
Wellington man Danny Tahau Jobe Wellington has presented a petition calling for Aotearoa to become an official name for New Zealand.

The petition was received by Greens co-leader Marama Davidson and referred to parliament’s government and administration committee, which will seek public comment.

He says it was only when trying to get the Aotearoa added to New Zealand’ coat of arms that he discovered the name does not have official status, which he set out to rectify.

"A lot of people might see it as just a name from mai rā ano but it's not, for me it's our language, he kupu Māori tērā, so in that it's our language, our culture, our identity, our history, and everyone can share in that," Mr Jobe says.

A previous campaign he fought was over being allowed to use te reo Māori on birth certificates, so he has seen the value of marshalling public opinion.......

Iwi excuse for water rights market
Libertarian public policy think tank the New Zealand Initiative says fear of treaty claims has hampered efforts to address fresh water allocation and protection.

Current consent-holders, including farms, industries, commercial users and councils, would see their existing consents converted into tradeable water permits, while Crown negotiation with iwi and hapū would provide a tradeable water allocation and confirm kaitiakitanga over rivers.....

Ihumātao protesters block Auckland road, vow to stop Fletcher developing 480 new homes
A group of protesters has since early yesterday morning blocked a Māngere public road, protesting against Fletcher Building plans for 480 new residences near the airport.

Qiane Matata-Sipu, a co-founder of protest group Save Our Unique Landscape, said Ihumātao Quarry Rd had been blocked since around 7am yesterday and the group would stay "as long as we have to."

"We are aware of protesters illegally blocking the public access at Ihumātao Quarry Rd and we understand that people have been threatened by protesters and told to leave the area, which is disappointing. We are working with authorities on this," he said......

'We miss out': Deaf Māori plead for more trilingual sign language interpreters
Sign language user Eric Matthews said there have been lots of experiences when he's gone to his local marae and found it "really tough".

"There are not many Māori trilingual interpreters, so we really feel blocked and that we miss out. There's a gap there," he said.

Eric Matthews is deaf and learned sign language when he was four. He says there's only one trilingual interpreter in the country, and that creates a huge barrier for deaf Māori.

"What I'd really like to see in the future is lots of trilingual interpreters, so that we can book a variety of people to come and we don't get stuck in the same way we do now," Matthews said......

Ngāti Hinerangi and Crown settle Treaty breaches
“Ngati Hinerangi’s claims relate to conflict with the Crown in Tauranga. Crown acts of land purchasing left the iwi virtually landless and this contributed to economic and social marginalisation and loss of traditional tribunal structures and knowledge.

“The settlement includes:

* Total financial redress of $8.1 million

* Cultural revitalisation payment of $200,000

* Marae rebuild of $20,000

* Co-governance arrangement over the upper Waihou and Piako river catchments

* Vesting of 14 cultural redress properties which includes part of Wairere Falls (Wairere Falls Scenic Reserve) which is considered a sacred awa to Ngāti Hinerangi.

“It is not possible to fully compensate Ngāti Hinerangi for the loss and prejudice they have suffered. We cannot build the foundations for a positive relationship and begin to move forward if we do not acknowledge what has happened in the past……

Inequality is Making Kids Sick
The rising rate of rheumatic fever among Māori and Pasifika children is one of the sharpest examples yet of the direct harm caused by New Zealand’s high level of inequality, Peter Malcolm, spokesperson for the income equality project Closing the Gap, said today.

“We as a society need to take responsibility for the social and economic inequalities that underlie this illness,” he said. “Until we do, more Māori and Pasifika children and their families will be forced to pay an unconscionably heavy price.”....

Over 30 graduates of Kōhanga Reo awarded scholarships
Over 30 Kōhanga Reo scholarships were awarded at a ceremony held in Wellington today. The scholarships will assist students studying at a Doctorate PhD level, at undergraduate and Masters level, all of whom are former graduates of Kōhanga Reo.

Hona Black of Ngāi Tūhoe, Te Whānau a Apanui and Tūwharetoa was the recipient of the top award, the Sir James Henare Scholarship valued at $10,000. The Kōhanga Reo graduate is studying towards a PhD degree. The topic for his thesis looks at how the Māori language is being taught and learned in schools and how there is merit in making mistakes and good from being wrong.

20 graduates will also receive assistance toward their studies that includes all academic programs up to the level of a bachelor's degree.

Procter says, "the main objective of today is for our graduates to return to the Kohanga Reo movement.".....

Māori teacher retention vital for healthy system
Teachers unions say while they appreciate moves to increase teacher recruitment and training, the Government needs to get serious about retaining them.

"They were talking in terms of African American students who had a black teacher in primary school, and that increases greatly their likelihood of graduating, of going on to college. It's that idea of representation, you cannot be what you cannot see. And if we do not have really strong powerful young Māori teachers in there, it has an impact on everyone," Ms Webber says.......

Whanau ora group says government needs to responsible to Māori while overhauling welfare
South Island whānau ora commissioning agency, Te Pūtahitanga, welcomed the recommendations.

Its kaiwhakahaere (director), Helen Leahy, said the government needed to be liable to the Treaty and iwi to make significant change.

"Being accountable to iwi and to Māori is a really important way of being able to ensure all New Zealanders achieve the dignity, the humanity, the purpose and the pride that we would want to see in a system that responds to their needs.".....

Volcanic island's cones to be rebuilt with millions of tonnes of human waste
In what is being touted as a 'world first', the landscape of a volcanic island sacred to mana whenua in the Manukau Harbour is being restored using treated human waste.

Not everyone was happy with this plan as certain iwi groups were initially opposed to the project. However, an agreement was reached for iwi to receive $2 per tonne of biosolids used, and everyone is now pleased that a special place of cultural significance is being restored.........

Sacred Heart Girls’ College – Map of Stories
The aim of the programme is to change the way the Treaty of Waitangi is taught in schools, focusing on a site of significance or conflict that is local to the school and hearing the stories of the land.

To help with the student learning, the history class studied the process of the Te Atiawa Historical Treaty Settlement and gained an understanding about the Crown’s obligations to Te Atiawa.....

Māori language programme for educators gets underway in Taranaki
A Taranaki te reo expert believes a newly launched language programme is the biggest effort yet to get children speaking Māori.

Dr Ruakere Hond is part of the panel leading the $12.2 million Te Ahu o te Reo Māori initiative, which was officially launched last month at Parliament.

Designed to get teachers and school support staff speaking more Māori in the classroom, Hond said it was a concerted effort to focus on language use, which was something that has never been done before.

The Government-funded programme provides educators with interactive Māori lessons so they can build their understanding and confidence in using te reo with their students......

An iwi nearly extinct reclaim identity through treaty settlement
The people of Ngāti Hinerangi will reach a milestone 15 years in the making today when it signs its deed of settlement with the crown, but the journey it has taken to get there has not been an easy one.

The Matamata-based iwi suffered great loss through crown land confiscations, becoming virtually landless in both the Tauranga Moana and Waikato areas of their tribal rohe.

"We were almost extinct. We didn't know we were Ngāti Hinerangi," she said.

"It took one of our kaumātua to actually say, 'This is not right, Ngāti Hinerangi is an iwi, and we need to get our people to understand that', which we did."

The settlement redress will include $8.1 million, a crown apology and the transfer of five properties including land currently occupied by Manuwaru School and the Matamata Police Station.

The Deed of Settlement also provides for the vesting of 14 sites, including the Wairere Falls property.......

Maori Council leader Matthew Tukaki bombarded with hateful messages
The executive director of the Maori Council says he's received over 70 messages of abuse over the past 48 hours.

Matthew Tukaki revealed the hateful emails have come on the back of an announcement that the Maori Council will ask the Human Rights Commission to investigate lobby group Hobson's Pledge.

However, when asked if Tukaki could name any particular statement that backed up his calls that Hobson's Pledge was inciting violence, hate, racism and segregation of society, he said the group simply created an environment for them to thrive.

Casey Costello, a frequent spokesperson for Hobson's Pledge, called in to Magic Talk and told Tukaki that if her group was guilty of inciting hateful actions then so was the Maori Council.

"With your press release, you have now created an environment of hate," Costello said.

ACT leader David Seymour told Newshub that the claims against Hobson's Pledge are baseless......

Minister welcomes Māori voice in the Supreme Court
The Minister of Māori Development, the Hon Nanaia Mahuta has welcomed the appointment of the former Chief Maori Land Court Judge, Justice Joseph Williams to the Supreme Court.

“It’s a great step to have Justice Williams with his encyclopaedic knowledge of the Treaty of Waitangi and Māori land law on the Supreme Court bench.

“Justice Williams will be able to look at Treaty law in a very contemporary context. He was the Chair of the Waitangi Tribunal for many years......

Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children forms additional iwi partnerships
Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children has signed strategic partnerships with Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi and Waikato-Tainui.

The Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi strategic partnership was signed in January of this year. According to the media release, under the agreement Ngāpuhi will lead the development of a joint strategy to improve social outcomes for Ngāpuhi tamariki and whānau. The strategy will outline objectives for the next five years. This work builds on the previous Memorandum of Understanding between Te Rūnanga Ā Iwi O Ngāpuhi and the former Child, Youth and Family services.......

Emergency medical staff to get te reo, tikanga training
The country's leading body for emergency medicine will give all senior staff and trainees education in te reo Māori and the Treaty of Waitangi.

The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine has launched the Manaaki Mana strategy, an initiative to improve its emergency care for Māori.

It has set 18 goals, including that all senior staff and trainees do regular te reo and tikanga training, and use an e-learning resource to understand the impact colonisation and racism has on Māori communities.......

Ngāti Hine launch campaign for separate Treaty settlement
Northland's Ngāti Hine are launching a campaign to seek their own Treaty settlement.

The iwi's nine hapū are among more than 70 who rejected a mandate last year for a deal to cover all Ngāpuhi.

About 50,000 people whakapapa to Ngāti Hine, and that was more than enough to form the sort of large natural grouping the Crown wanted to deal with, Mr Tipene said.....

ACC launches new ethics panel
According to ACC, each of the new members has a strong interest in ethical principles. The panel will safeguard the rights, interests and safety of customers, support and enable high-quality ethical projects for social, cultural and economic wellbeing and also work to reflect the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

ACC said the panel also has representatives from teams across ACC including privacy, research & evaluation, customer insights and experience, clinical, information technology and maori and cultural capability....

Hobson’s Pledge welcomes investigation call
Hobson’s Pledge welcomes an investigation by the Human Rights Commission called for by the Maori Council so long as the Commission applies the law, acts independently, and leaves prejudice at the door, Hobson’s Pledge spokesperson Casey Costello said today.

The Maori Council called for an investigation in an invective-ridden media release, which said the call was supported unanimously by 16 districts at a national hui at the weekend.

The Maori Council should be careful of the language it uses because it is more extreme than allegations that have already required apologies and printed retractions, Ms Costello said.....

Oil explorers told talk to iwi
Bidders for the latest petroleum exploration permit block offer in Taranaki have been told they have to engage with iwi on an ongoing basis.

Petroleum and Minerals national manager Ilana Miller says the condition was added after consultation with iwi and hapū.....

New school name steeped in history
The name for the new primary school was announced yesterday after months of deliberation and consultation; Te Kura O Take Kārara. ‘Te Kura O’ means ‘The school of’, so the name is therefore simply Te Kura O Take Kārara (not Te Kura O Take Kārara Primary School).

The Board’s Chair, Dr Ian Hall, said “Many schools choose to use both English and Te Reo, but the advice from Ngāi Tahu, and our preference is to use simply the Te Reo.”

“We feel privileged to use this treasured name for our new school,” Dr Hall said. “We look forward to working closely further with Ngāi Tahu as the school develops.”....

Thousands more teachers for schools
“In planning for the future, we’re anticipating more students in Māori-language education. There’s currently a shortage of teachers skilled in te reo Māori and we’ll be partnering with iwi to design and pilot regional scholarships, which will support Māori students to train and remain in the profession.....

Whakamanawa report exposes health system racism
A researcher on the Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry says the report on the Māori submissions must be released.

The 200-page Whakamānawa report was briefly available on the website of Māori health group Te Rau Matatini in December and then withdrawn.

A watered-down 75-page report was released in February, with all criticism of the inquiry process and the Health Ministry removed.

Lynne Russell says the removal of Whakamānawa from the debate is symptomatic of the way Māori were excluded from the process,

Te Ara Wai Museum to commemorate NZ Land Wars
The Waipa District Council are rallying behind Waikato iwi aiming to build a museum to commemorate the New Zealand Land Wars. The museum will provide an insight into the historical battle sites in the Waipa district.

It is hoped the museum will honour and commemorate those whose lands were invaded during the 1860s.

Ngāti Maniapoto descendant Shane Te Ruki says, "This project about the land, about the war, about the invasion of the Europeans has gone unspoken, the head of the monster has not come out."

"'With feathers the bird flies'. The council has given us some funding to help with this project, but now we have to look elsewhere for more support and funding," he says......

Joe Williams first Māori judge appointed to Supreme Court
Justice Joseph Victor Williams is the first Māori lawyer to be appointed a Supreme Court judge.

Justice Williams was the Chief Judge of the Māori Land Court in 1999 and later became Waitangi Tribunal chair in 2004.

He was appointed a Judge of the Court of Appeal in 2018.

He is a fluent reo speaker and affiliates to Ngāti Pūkenga and Te Arawa.....

Change in discretion could address police racism
A drug policy analyst says proposed changes to the drug laws need to be closely monitored to ensure they are producing fairer outcomes for Māori

"It is a positive step forward but we as Māori know and evidence shows discretion and the presumption of prosecution or non-prosecution can be applied unevenly quite often and sometimes in an outright racist way because of the institutional racism in the police force so that's why we have to keep a close eye on this idea of discretion while also recognising it is a step forward," Mr McDonald says.......

Iwi asked to help with teacher shortage
Iwi-based scholarship programmes for primary and secondary school teachers are part of a $95 million teacher recruitment and retention package to be included in the Budget.

He says to cope with an expected increase in students in Māori-language education, the Education Ministry will partner with iwi to design and pilot regional scholarships, which will support Māori students to train and remain in the profession......

NZ Maori Council takes on Don Brash and Hobsons Pledge
The New Zealand Maori Council has today asked the New Zealand Human Rights Commission to investigate the organisation known as “Hobsons Pledge”. The resolution to seek the Human Rights Commission to intervene in what the council has called a “racially charged and motivated group of men” was passed unanimously by the Sixteen Districts of the Council at its national hui over the weekend. Matthew Tukaki, Executive Director of the Maori Council has said that Hobson’s Pledge is nothing more than a divisive group of “haters” who would do nothing more than send us all back to the dark ages:

“Let’s be really clear here this group has been able to get away with anything they please when it comes to race relations in this country and to be blunt; we are sick of it. Maori are sick of it. Don Brach and his cronies do nothing more than seek to divide this nation off the back of their tired old man views and their position that it’s their way or the highway.” Tukaki said....

Pressure on for Nats to drop Brash set legacy
National list MP Joanne Hayes believes party members will support contesting the Māori seats again.

Former leader Don Brash stopped National running candidates in the seats in 2005 to emphasise his intention to get rid of them, and the policy continued under John Key and Bill English despite efforts to change it by leading Māori members like Hekia Parata.

She says the party’s board needs to recognise conditions have changed now the Māori Party is no longer there to support a National-led government.....

Urupa matter on radar of New Plymouth council's 'very slow ship
An urupa trustee called for the council's annual plan to be deferred due to it not including of Māori cemeteries, but later withdrew the request after being told the council was working on it.

Peter Moeahu made a presentation to Te Huinga Taumatua Committee and then the Long Term Plan hearings in 2018 calling on the New Plymouth District Council to maintain Māori burial grounds, known as urupa, just as they maintain district cemeteries......

Māori voices 'missing' from Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry
The skeleton of the original Māori report - Whakamanawa - remains in the new version, but often crucial context is removed, sometimes tone is softened. In the new report power is "experienced as being misused"; institutional racism "believed to underpin" problems.

"Māori voices needed to be heard," Russell says, "in all their rawness".....

Kuia receiving cancer treatment calls for more Māori nurses
A woman receiving chemotherapy for leukemia at Middlemore Hospital is calling for more Māori nurses and better care for Māori patients.

She says she’d like to see a Māori training programme where the nurses are paid to train, separate to the programme being run today.

“Eighteen percent of the population in South Auckland are Māori and only a handful of Māori nurses are working at Middlemore. That’s shocking,” she says......

Unemployment continues to fall, wages rise
A drop in the unemployment rate to 4.2 per cent shows the Government’s approach to supporting employment is working.

“The unemployment rate for Māori continues to track in the right direction falling to 8.6 per cent from 9.6 per cent which means 5,100 more Māori are in paid employment. These figures represent real people, real whanau and real communities who are seeing a difference in their lives, something we should all celebrate”....

Learning a trade vs getting a degree
The percentage of students wanting to study has shown a decrease among Māori, thought to be due to financial concerns but also because of a switch of direction and interest.

Trade education is on the rise in Aotearoa. Some say it is better to get an apprenticeship than to study for a degree.

For many Māori, putting food on the table is a priority and higher education comes second.....

Man granted discount off jail term for being detached from his Māori culture
A man has been given a discounted prison sentence due to him becoming detached from his Māori heritage.

This was after Judge Gregory Hikaka gave Stubbings a 10 per cent discount after a cultural report canvassed his background, which included poverty, alcohol abuse and violence.

The report identified a cultural disconnect, which was said to have likely contributed to Stubbings' poor decision making in later years.

Stubbings had a reasonably strong understanding of te ao Māori concepts in his younger years, but "sacrificed his own cultural identity as a consequence of some risk taking behaviour" in his teens, the report stated.

But Stubbings has since displayed a willingness to reestablish himself in Māoritanga (Māori practices and beliefs), she said of the report's findings.

Judge Hikaka said Stubbings' foundation of values had been lost during his period of disconnection.

When the end sentence of three years and six months was handed down, Stubbings' supporters applauded from the gallery......

Aesthetics clash with iwi aquaculture aspirations
Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is keen to see iwi from the top of the South Island increase their stake in the region’s aquaculture industry.

Mr Jones met yesterday with Te Tau Ihu leaders including Ngāti Toa’s Sir Matiu Rei who wants to put a salmon farm in the Marlborough Sounds......

Iwi-free Census results could impact Treaty settlements – Dr Carwyn Jones
Census 2018 has counted 4.7 million kiwis, but there will be no collation of iwi affiliation.

Government statistician Liz MacPherson says, "It’s a significant loss and one of the things we're doing is working closely with iwi and Māori organisations on how to meet their data needs."

Treaty law expert Dr Carwyn Jones says a lack of this data could impact Crown Treaty settlement offers and asset management because claimant group size is a factor.

"Obviously if there is not sufficient information about [iwi affiliation] that can affect the offers that groups get in settlements, but also there’s a question around how information that is collected by government, or ought to be collected by government, is used by Māori and iwi groups themselves in terms of how they target their energy and resources."....

Power cut to protesters in bitter fight over land at Auckland's Ihumātao continues
A group of protesters illegally occupying land in a row over a housing development say the have been forced to live without electricity after their power was cut two weeks ago.

Fletcher Building plans to build 480 houses near the protected Ōtuataua Stonefields reserve at Ihumātao in Māngere, south Auckland.

But for the past three years, around a dozen people have established a "kaitiaki village" at Ihumātao Quarry Rd and have been living there full time in protest of a controversial development, claiming it is a sacred Māori site and should be preserved for future generations......

New approach to Māori decision making for west Auckland boards
The three local boards in west Auckland have all recently adopted a new approach to guide and support their decision-making on matters important to west Auckland Māori.

Waitākere ki tua (Waitākere going forward) is an action plan developed in response to the aspirations of west Auckland Māori.

Building on key pieces of work

The plan, adopted by the Henderson-Massey, Waitākere Ranges and Whau local boards, builds on two key reports, Toitū Waitākere report 2017 and the West Auckland Mataawaka Report from 2014, and is in response to Auckland Council and the local boards' obligations to Te Tiriti o Waitangi......

Applications Open for Scholarship Supporting Maori Students
Applications are now open for the Te Ara a Kupe Beaton Scholarship, the only scholarship in the country that supports Maori secondary students looking to gain admission into the top global universities.

The scholarship is provided by Crimson Education and was established to encourage young Maori students to embark on a journey to discover their greatest potential on the global stage.

Each of the five recipients will receive personalised mentoring and education services worth $20,000 to help them apply for and receive acceptance into their desired university.......

From ownership to stewardship: how Te ao Māori is changing water management in New Zealand
Growing up next to Tāngonge, a wetland in the far north of New Zealand, has given stormwater engineer Troy Brockbank a lifelong passion for water and a desire to bring a Te ao Māori (Indigenous Māori worldview) to helping protect it.

“Troy is sure to spark an interesting discussion about how we can share knowledge and learn from our respective experiences about how to promote stewardship of natural resources, better the way we incorporate Indigenous values and traditional ecological knowledge into water management and planning, and assure that Traditional Owners have a permanent voice in decision making,” Hatt said.

Brockbank said he has seen the country’s approach to water shift as an awareness of Te ao Māori and kaitiakitanga (stewardship and protection of natural resources) has grown.

He said there needs to be more Māori participation in the engineering industry, but that everyone, Indigenous or not, should be empowered to embrace Indigenous culture.

“There’s a place for Indigenous knowledge and we can learn a lot from it,” Brockbank said....

Māori Council ups fight for fair deal
The New Zealand Māori Council has set itself an ambitious programme including action on water, housing, health, poverty, environment and justice.

Auckland District Māori Council chair Matthew Tukaki says a hui of regional chairs in Wellington over the weekend showed a new sense of purpose as the organisation moves past the struggles over leadership of recent years

Government needs to stop saying 'Your treaty settlement, this is what you have got the money for.' No it's not. That treaty settlement is ours to do what we want with. You should be providing the funding for essential services, just like you are to other New Zealanders," Mr Tukaki says.....

NCEA pass rates fall for Year 11, 12, Māori and Pasifika
The percentage of Year 11 students gaining NCEA level one has fallen to its lowest level in five years because some schools are focusing on level two of the qualification, the Education Ministry says.

For example, the percentage of Year 12 students achieving the critical NCEA level two qualification was 80.8 percent for girls, 74 percent for boys, 68.1 percent for Māori, 81.2 percent for Europeans, and 69.3 percent for students at schools in deciles 1-3.

Achievement rates for NCEA level three in Year 13 ranged from 76.5 percent in schools in deciles 8-10 to 56.8 percent for schools in deciles 1-3.....

Māori PR Firm Launches to Support Growing Iwi Economy

A growing Māori economy is now boosting demand for more specialist services, prompting one Tauranga agency to launch a Māori-focused public relations firm....

Gardiner keen to harvest Māori seat votes
A former Māori vice president of the National Party wants to see the party reverse its policy of not standing candidates in the Māori seats.

List MP Joanne Hayes wants to stand in Te Tai Hauauru, but that would require leader Simon Bridges and the party council scrapping the policy instituted by former leader Don Brash and maintained by John Key and Bill English.

Sir Harawira Gardiner, whose loyalty to the party was tested by Dr Brash’s 2004 Orewa Speech, says a change is necessary for the party’s future electoral prospects.

The fact is every vote is a winning vote and when we come down a position where National doesn't have any natural partners, it has to capitalise on any opportunity," he says.......

Speech: Mahuta - UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
• In New Zealand, the Treaty of Waitangi, in combination with other legal and constitutional frameworks, are the foundation upon which standards for Māori engagement, and participation are based.

• In 2017, we established the Māori Crown Relations portfolio. The creation of the portfolio signals our government’s commitment to a healthy relationship with iwi/Māori. The designation of this role will also provide greater oversight for the government’s engagement with iwi/Māori......

MP Louisa Wall's warning for media after 'racist' cartoons
Louisa Wall says she's been thinking about how to limit racism in the media for years now since a failed legal bid.

It comes after the Human Rights Tribunal ruled that two comics which portrayed Maori and Pasifika as alcoholic chain smokers exploiting free school lunches did not promote racial disharmony.

Wall told Heather du Plessis-Allan if the editors had a "duty of care", they may have thought harder about the harm publishing the cartoons may have caused.

She says if the law won't deal with something like that, then perhaps the editors should.

"A duty of care would put the onus on the publishers to not put it out in the first place."....

Tauranga holiday programme teaches rangatahi about Māori land wars
It was one of the fiercest battles of the Waikato war fought at Rangiriri in 1863.

And for the school holidays, a group of Tauranga rangatahi studied and re-enacted that history, even travelling over the Kaimais to visit the Rangiriri Pā site.

"It does make me feel a little bit angry for what the Pākehā done to us, but that's in the past," he said. "We've moved aside all of our differences, and Māori are finally getting back our land.".....

Kelvin Davis announces Te Tai Tokerau will be the first region to run a kaupapa which will grow Māori leaders
Te Tai Tokerau will be the first region to run a kaupapa which will grow Maori leaders by challenging mainstream ideas of education and reclaiming traditional Māori knowledge.

"Back in the day our tūpuna (ancestors), when they became experts in a particular field they became real experts.

"This is about extending mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) beyond what we normally know, and creating experts beyond what is taught at any school."

Davis said over the years the Crown had suppressed Māori knowledge and he believed the Government had an obligation to assist Māori to reclaim it.

"I don't really want people to think that's the end all and be all and say 'Oh what's that qualification going to get you?' It actually steps you into the Māori world in a way that people haven't been able to for 150 to 200 years." ....

Tā moko marks milestone in whakapapa journey for NZ Defence Minister
Minister of Defence Ron Mark has received his first tā moko acknowledging his genealogical connection to his Te Arawa and Ngāti Raukawa ancestry.

"It's taken us a while to really understand, to learn more about our whakapapa and being raised the way I was I had no connection with my Māori side at all for many, many years," says Minister Mark.....

Minister congratulates Ākarana Sarah whānau on housing
Minister for Māori Development and Associate Minister of Housing Hon Nanaia Mahuta congratulated whānau from Bridge Pa, near Hastings for their vision of building homes on their ancestral land.

Te Puni Kōkiri invested $376,661 towards infrastructure costs to assist the Ākarana Sarah Whānau Trust with their seven home papakāinga development near Bridge Pa, Hastings.

“Their vision is to live in a whānau oriented community, on ancestral land, in a community that supports Māori achievement through sustainable healthy living and education,” says Nanaia Mahuta........

Did you know Waikato Māori refused to fight in WWI?
While it’s common to think that support for the war effort in 1914-18 was more or less unanimous in New Zealand, the reality was quite different.

After the outbreak of war, Waikato and Maniapoto were the only iwi to volunteer for service, under the leadership of Sir Apirana Ngata and Sir Māui Pōmare. Meanwhile, many Māori from Taranaki and Tainui-Waikato resisted the call to fight for ‘King and Country’.

It had only been 50 years since the first Taranaki war and invasion of the Waikato, which led to widespread land confiscation. Considering many pakeke who had experienced the New Zealand Wars and their aftermath were still alive by the time WWI broke out, Māori of military age were inclined to stay at home......

"There is a debt from my country to the Māori community" - Italian ambassador
Nearly 30,000 NZ soldiers lost their lives in World War I and World War II, with more than 2000 buried in cemeteries throughout Italy. To commemorate that special connection, an honoured guest , Italian ambassador Fabrizio Marcelli, was hosted by Ngāti Hori, Ngāti Toa Harapaki in Hawke's Bay today.

Marcelli says, “The NZ soldiers, the Māori combatants of the battalion gave a lot in terms of lives, blood and hardship when they fought in Italy for our liberation, as I said in my speech, today is not just Anzac Day, it is also Italy's liberation day.”

203 of those soldiers who paid the ultimate price in Italy were from the 28th Māori Battalion, while over 880 more Māori soldiers were injured. To this day, they are held in high regard by the people of Italy.......

Veteran calls for lives lost during NZ Land Wars to be honoured
However, by remembering those who served their country, Te Arawa Māori Returned Services League president Te Kei Merito, also wants to see the lives of those who fought during the New Zealand Land Wars honoured the same as those on ANZAC Day.

The Malay veteran says its time the thousands of lives lost in the New Zealand land wars to be honoured in the same way.

Merito says, "I feel for our ancestors who lost their lives. They were jailed without trial in South Island caves. Some died of hypothermia."......

Ngāpuhi hui to aim at uniting 110 hapū on treaty settlement
The country's biggest iwi Ngāpuhi will meet in Whangarei tomorrow to find a new way forward for its treaty settlement, following a failed attempt to renew its mandate last year.

"It's clear that the hapū of Ngāpuhi do not support a centralised mandate model," she said.

"It's time for us to re-form and look at how best to move forward as large natural groupings according to the tikanga and the desires of hapū.......

A monument to Māori exploration planned for site of Cook's landing
A new monument is being built at the Puhi Kai Iti site in Gisborne, also known as 'Cooks landing site', to acknowledge 1,000 years of Māori navigation to Aotearoa. The development will coincide with the Tuia - Encounters 250 by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage, which will commemorate 250 years since the arrival of Captain Cook.

“To share and discuss, to debate, to cry if you like, to mourn those that were killed by Cook here, but also to celebrate as a community us embracing 1,000 years of our existence here in Te Tairāwhiti.”......

Māori land saved and nurtured for future generations
Today marks a milestone in efforts to protect threatened species and biodiversity on nearly 7,000 hectares of privately owned Māori land in the central North Island. A pact between landowners, the Minister of Conservation and Ngā Whenua Rāhui has been signed, giving rise to eco-tourism opportunities, predator-free strategies and other land management plans.

The trust represents more than 3,500 owners for the piece of land. Their goals compliment the long-term strategy of the Department of Conservation (DOC) and those of the government.

Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage says, “The putea from Ngā Whenua Rahui provides $1.7 million that will help the Owhaoko Trust protect their lands, provide funding for pest control, deer, possums, rats, weeds like Pinus contorta wilding and pruning gorse.

The $1.7mil will also support local Māori in their existing eco-toursim ventures and assist increased public connection with nature and heritage in the Kāweka and Kaimanawa Forest Parks.

Ngā Whenua Rahui deputy chair Kevin Prime says, “This is one of the largest blocks of land that we’ve signed. From here we will head over to Tūhoe to sign a covenant for 10,000ha.”.....

Stories of Māori Battalion must be retold - Ardern
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says stories about the Māori Battalion and other Māori soldiers who served throughout history need to be retold “because all of those stories are so rich and part of who we are and we need to hear them”.

The 28th Māori Battalion served during WWII between 1940 and 1945. Almost 3,600 men served and 649 were killed in action or died on active service.

Ardern says, “We’re doing everything that we can to make sure that, particularly, the contribution of Māori Battalion and those contributions, that history, continues to be retold.”.....

The state of the NZDF today
Right now, the NZDF is one of the largest employers of Māori in New Zealand. 1,904 personnel identify as Māori , which is around 12.5% of the entire force of just under 16,000.....

Prince William given Maori greeting in Christchurch
The Duke of Cambridge was greeted with a traditional Maori nose rub from New Zealand's prime minister as he began his two-day tour of the country.

Prince William performed a hongi with Jacinda Ardern as he was welcomed in Auckland at the start of the trip.......

Wakatū unites Te Tauihu for long term plan
Wakatū Incorporation has teamed up with the Nelson-Tasman Regional Development Agency and its council partners to develop an intergenerational growth strategy for the region, Te Tauihu 2077.

The initiative has secured $400,000 from the Provincial Growth Fund for the next nine months.

The steering committee includes three mayors, representatives from Iwi, the Nelson-Tasman and Marlborough Chambers of Commerce, the Nelson-Marlborough Institute of Technology, and representatives from regional businesses.

Wakatū is owned by 4,000 Māori families who descend from the traditional land owners of Nelson, Motueka and Golden Bay......

Te Kawa Matakura – nurturing excellence in young Māori leaders
Te Kawa Matakura aims to provide opportunity for rangatahi to deepen their knowledge and experience of te ao Māori, to grow their leadership potential.

Te Kawa Matakura aims to grow and nurture young Māori leaders and role models, through the teaching and learning of local traditional knowledge, language and customs......

Whakatōhea Treaty negotiations to reopen
Treaty of Waitangi Minister Andrew Little has decided to continue pushing ahead with negotiations with Whakatōhea while a Tribunal inquiry into historical grievances is carried out.

The Eastern Bay of Plenty iwi voted overwhelmingly to halt its Treaty negotiations with the Crown last year, after a damning report by the Waitangi Tribunal said negotiations were being rushed, in order for the government to achieve its objective of finalising all Treaty settlements by 2020......

A lack of knowledge of Māori culture blamed for breach of rāhui at Mermaid Pools
More than 100 visitors were turned away while less than that number made their way to the popular Mermaid Pools in Matapouri despite a rāhui being in force.

But the local hapu has put the situation over the Easter long weekend down to unfamiliarity with Māori culture rather than a blatant disregard for the rāhui that was put in place last Friday......

Andrew Little accused of steamrolling opposition and continuing with Treaty settlement
Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little is again being accused of steamrolling ahead to finalise treaty settlements despite desperate pleas for him to stop.

The Eastern Bay of Plenty iwi Whakatōhea voted overwhelmingly to halt its Treaty negotiations with the Crown last year, but the minister has since signalled his intention to continue.

Mr Little said he hoped to have a Waitangi Tribunal Inquiry in place as soon as possible......

The first 'te reo Māori' capital city in the world
Wellington Mayor Justin Lester has set his sights on being the first 'Te Reo Māori Capital City' in the world. A formal agreement has been signed between the Wellington City Council and the Māori Language Commission.The two organisations will work together on projects across the whole of Wellington but with a primary focus on the city centre, and in public events, research, and promoting te reo Māori......

Iwi board delays Benneydale / Te Māniaiti naming decision
A decision on changing the name of the town Benneydale has been delayed to allow for more consultation.

The Maniapoto Māori Trust Board lodged an application with the New Zealand Geographic Board to change the name to Benneydale / Māniaiti.

The proposal was met with widespread opposition in the Waitomo District town.

The Geographic Board's decision has been delayed until 31 May to allow the board to hold more consultation with locals.....

National MP Jo Hayes keen to stand in Māori electorate
National List MP Jo Hayes is keen to go home and represent her people in Te Tai Hauauru, one of seven Māori electorates.

It's an unusual stance for a National MP to take.

The last time National stood candidates in the Māori seats was in 2002. Two years later, then leader Don Brash decided against it after criticising the electorates in his controversial Orewa speech.

But Hayes believed it was time for National to reconsider its Māori vote.

She said Labour had failed to deliver for Māori despite boasting about having the largest ever Māori caucus, including all seven Māori seats.

"We know the views of Winston when it came to Whānau Ora, when it comes to targeting Māori. He says, 'Why should Māori get special treatment?'"

"Māori need special treatment because colonisation actually occurred for them, now we are seeing the results of that and it needs to be fixed," said Hayes.....

Māori asset base now past $40b
The Māori asset base has grown past $40 billion but there is a warning of barriers to continued rapid growth.

"We have certain obligations that didn't end on February 6, 1840. It's about ongoing respect, rights and privileges. We need to support Māori to develop as Māori. We have to acknowledge that there's Māori culture, Māori stories and we have to provide for that."....

Push to teach New Zealand history in schools becomes more desperate
New Zealand history is a story full of blood and betrayal - but even teachers in our state schools admit they don't know enough.

And that's where Tamsin Hanly comes in. She's mortgaged her house to create Critical Histories of Aotearoa, a teaching programme she sells to schools.

"We were discussing that the early settlers, the Māori people, were actually scientists and they were mathematical and the way we perceive the intelligence they had is completely different to what the reality is," Gilmore said.

"There are actually three versions of the Treaty - the English version, the Māori version, then the Māori version translated into English, and they're quite different. So what everyone thought they'd signed wasn't actually the same," Cormack says......

Northland marae's concern for wāhi tapu
A Northland marae concerned about the desecration of its wāhi tapu has erected signs at two nearby beaches calling on motor vehicles to stay out of the area.

Haititai Marangai Marae in Karikari Peninsula has raised concerns about "the continued desecration of our wāhi tapu (sacred areas), archaeological sites and dune vegetation" and asked for respect and support for a kaupapa to ban motor vehicles from the sand dunes at Tokerau Beach and Puwheke......

Beleaguered Waitangi Treaty Grounds get $1m Government grant to help recover from fraud
The Government has made a grant of $1 million to the trust that runs the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, to help it recover from fraud.

The Waitangi National Trust took a hit in 2107 when a manager, Wallace Te Ahuru, siphoned $1.2 million out of its bank accounts.

He was jailed for eight years in February.

The Ministry of Culture and Heritage said the fraud was sophisticated; the money could not be recovered and the trust faced possible insolvency.

It says the million-dollar grant from the ministry's baseline funding will support essential services at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.......

Select committee weighs options for land occupied by Māori in Auckland
The Māori Affairs select committee is considering the case of contested land intended for a major housing project near Auckland airport.

Ihumātao is owned by Fletcher Building, which has a 480-property development planned for the site.

For the past two years a group of mana whenua and locals who hold the land sacred have occupied it in an effort to stop the development going ahead.

The group behind the campaign, Save Our Unique Landscape (SOUL), wants the government to buy the land or "mandate a process that comes up with an outcome everyone can live with"......

Mayor explores chances of returning a $16m island to local ownership
Should a $16 million privately-owned island close to Nelson city be returned to local ownership, and if so how?

Reese said she was prepared to take a case to Nelson City Council for the council to make a contribution towards a purchase that would support greater opportunities for increased public access, conservation initiatives, and strengthened iwi links.

She had also had some initial discussions with local iwi, before the Pigeon Valley bushfire and drought diverted attention from the Pepin Island sale, and would now pick up those conversations.

"In terms of a transfer of ownership ... the first party, in my view, that has the right to have those discussions is mana whenua."

"One option would be for the Crown to buy it and return it to iwi via settlement, given the significance of the land to iwi," spokesperson Jaqui Ngawaka said.....

Many NZ species at risk of extinction according to shocking report
Many of our country's indigenous species are threatened with extinction, that is according to a report released today by the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ titled Environment Aotearoa 2019.

The ministry really needs to look at their advisory panels, they need to think really hard about involving iwi in every aspect of their research and conclusions."

Actually a synthesis of the Māori view of sustainable use of the environment and of Pākehā conservation traditions is going to be essential...so Forest and Bird are certainly looking for partnerships with iwi.".....

PM visits Waipatu Marae, Hastings
“I acknowledge Louisa Wall, Kelvin Davis, Willie Jackson, and especially Meka Whaitiri," said Ardern, "She has maintained that spirit that Parekura [Horomia] had, working always on behalf and for the people, and Meka, I acknowledge that- that is exactly who you are and what you do.”

Despite the positive atmosphere, the iwi still put their issues to the government.

Ngahiwi Tomoana, the chair of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated, said, “We offer to the prime minister today that we have local solutions to local problems if the government could relax some of its own laws and structures and bureaucracy around us to find our own solutions.”.....
Treaty claim against Minister of Education on reforms
There are yet more concerns with the government's reforms on vocational education, with the Waitangi Tribunal today confirming that a claim regarding the issue has been submitted. Fears are also growing amongst faculty members who say the reforms would result in job losses.

The Waitangi Tribunal told Te Ao Māori News that the Industry Training Organisation Skills Active submitted a Treaty Claim against the reforms.....

Auction of 19th century Māori-themed toothpaste lid slammed as 'appalling' by academic
A 19th century toothpaste lid bearing an image of a Māori chief is poised to fetch $15,000 at auction in Upper Hutt tonight.

A senior lecturer in Māori studies at Auckland University Ella Henry says she’s “appalled” people will bid for it. But she hopes that someone who understands that it is cultural appropriation buys it and gifts it to the nation as an example of cultural appropriation.

An 1880s soft drink bottle depicting Māori chief Tamati Waka Nene is also up for auction. Ms Henry says his iwi, Ngati Hine, will be “outraged to know that their ancestor, one of their great chiefs, is being abused and used in this way”......

Rāhui to protect Mātapouri Mermaid Pools
An official rāhui has been placed over one of New Zealand's popular destinations, the Mātapouri Mermaid pools. To mark the occasion, the local hapū unveiled a guardian post, a prohibition marker to help restore the pools to a healthier state.

The rāhui will remain until the iwi are confident the pools have returned to a healthier state.....

Vocational reform threatens Māori education taonga
A contemporary Treaty of Waitangi claim filed on Thursday is further evidence of growing opposition to the government’s proposed Reform of Vocational Education, according to Skills Active Board member Des Ratima, who lodged the claim at the Waitangi Tribunal in Wellington.

“Our claim asserts that the government has failed to recognise and provide for Māori taonga, namely vocational education; and failed to honour the principle of partnership under the Treaty,” says Mr Ratima, who last year was made an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit for his services to Māori over many decades.

“Māori tenaciously hold to the ‘three Ps’ of the Māori-Crown relationship: Participation, Partnership and Protection. This reform offends all three.”.......

Wellington city's te reo ambitions supported with partnership
The capital is beefing up its commitment to embrace te reo Māori.

A formal agreement has been signed between the Wellington City Council and the Māori Language Commission, Te Taura Whiri.

The two organisations will work together on projects in the city centre, public events, research, and promoting both English and Māori languages, said the city's mayor, Justin Lester.

"Te reo will be a key part of everybody's everyday lives. That'll be if you're at the library, at the swimming pool, even if you're at your local school, or even if you're at a retail outlet.
Last year the council passed a new policy to support and develop te reo in the city, including increasing the visibility of the languate through signage, and promoting te reo place names........

Iwi appeals DOC decision to gift land to Moriori
Plans by the Department of Conservation to gift 1,200 hectares of land to Moriori on the Chatham Islands are being challenged in the Court of Appeal today in Wellington.

The Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri Iwi Trust claim they have the rights to the land as mana whenua.

The Director of Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri Asset Holding Tom McClurg says, "Our view on the Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri side is that shared interest are best dealt with by shared arrangements. So either land should stay with DOC [The Department of Conservation] and then the Crown can deal with both iwi as Treaty partners or, if its vested, the vesting should involve both iwi.

"Both Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri and Moriori have overlapping customary interest in Taia."......

New $3.7m housing development signals new era for Christchurch marae
A nearly $4 million plan to build half a dozen houses at a Christchurch marae marks the end of a long fight for iwi to live on ancestral land.

The government has announced it will build six homes at Tuahiwi marae near Kaiapoi, and will repair sixty houses in the region.

"It is probably timely for a conversation on how much our tribal authorities have real regulatory authority on reserved Māori land.

"If we control the infrastructure, there has to be a question over the role of local government.".....

Chatham iwi may acquire stake in seafloor phosphate project
Chatham Islands iwi groups may invest in a project to mine seafloor phosphates in the region if they can agree on a marine consent application for the project 450 kilometres east of Christchurch.

Developer Chatham Rock Phosphate has executed an information sharing and collaboration agreement with the asset holding company of Ngati Mutunga O Wharekauri. The pair have agreed to work together to develop an application that meets the environmental, economic, social and cultural objectives of both parties.....

Minister goes to the UN to plead indigenous rights
The Minister for Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta will go to the United Nations this Easter to argue the case for Indigenous Peoples’ rights around the world.

Minister Mahuta will be speaking several times at the Permanent Forum of the UN from Monday the 22nd of April. She will also attend a World Indigenous Business Forum roundtable discussion.

“I want to promote what Aotearoa New Zealand is doing to address indigenous issues. I know that tikanga Māori must add value to this country’s international reputation.

“I will emphasise that our indigenous development is fundamental to stronger relationships between indigenous peoples and their governments.

More on the above here > New Zealand aims to be first with UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples plan

Labour's Māori ministers have achieved little for their people - so far
Māori Principals' Association, Te Akatea President Myles Ferris disagrees. He wants compulsory te reo Māori in all schools and says the mainstream school system won't work effectively for Māori.

"Our system is racist," he says.

"We've got racist policies and assimilation policies. This system has been under-delivering for Māori for the past 150 years and continues to under-deliver.

"There are too many policies and procedures in the current system that have a negative effect on Māori student achievement and Māori education as a whole."

Ferris says Māori educationists have the answers but every time they get involved and a programme is funded, it's just as quickly taken away.

His association wants a Māori Secretary of Education and a Māori Minister of Education that role to report to......

Minister launches employment scheme for urban rangatahi
Pae Aronui, a skills and employment initiative for urban rangatahi was launched in Hamilton today by Employment and Associate Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson.

“Pae Aronui offers us an opportunity to improve the profile of Māori in the labour market. Rather than being over-represented in low-skilled occupations and industries vulnerable to economic changes, we want more Māori in higher-skilled roles in growth industries,” Willie Jackson says.

The Government allocated $15 million in Budget 2018 to support outcomes for rangatahi Māori that enhance the skills and employment opportunities. The funding supports the wider aims of He Poutama Rangatahi – the government strategy aimed at getting more rangatahi into employment......

Wellington to get two new environmental murals
Wellington to get two new environmental murals as local artists win national award

Two Wellington artists have won national awards for their environmental mural designs as part of the Keep New Zealand Beautiful (KNZB) Nature Murals competition.

Isobel Te Aho-White’s mural design entitled ‘Whenua Ataahua’ is proposed for the side of Newtown Mall on Riddiford Street. Her proposed mural design comes from the perspective of matauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) around preserving our whenua (land). In her submission Isobel said the mural is a mix of traditional Māori and illustrative elements which create a contemporary design acknowledging indigenous wisdom around environmental issues in our current times.....

Korako keen to regain tino rangatiratanga
National MP Nuk Korako says he’s keen to resume working with his own Ngāi Tahu people once he leaves parliament next month.

"I am not going to any other political party, I am not going to any other organisation. I'm actually going to do things the way I want to do it, with my own tino rangatiratanga. I am not going to work for anyone but I may work with them, particularly my own iwi. I will work with them for the betterment of our people," Mr Korako says.....

Te reo roll-out for Auckland's Link buses
Auckland's InnerLink buses are set to offer next stop announcements in te reo Māori following the success of Māori language messages on the city's trains.

Bilingual announcements were introduced on the city's train network in June last year and plans are now underway to extend the service to the InnerLink buses....

Minister announces $3.7m for Ōtautahi Community projects
Minister for Māori Development and Associate Minister of Housing, Hon Nanaia Mahuta announced a $3.7m investment for community development in the Ōtautahi (Christchurch) region today.

The project will include a six home papakāinga development at Tuahiwi marae, 60 community-led housing repairs across four marae in the region, home maintenance workshops, and Sorted Kainga ora programmes totalling $3.7 million......

Water important for New Zealanders
“Māori cultural values must also be at the centre of decision making. In particular, Māori have rangatira and kaitiaki rights over water, guaranteed in Te Tiriti o Waitangi,” Marama Davidson says.....

Are govt petitions hosting racism?
A petition being hosted on a government website urging an 'end to all measures that give special treatment to Māori' is being called out by many Māori at a time when Kiwis are being urged to shun racism and hate speech. It comes as reports emerge of anti-Māori pamphlets being distributed in Auckland and questions being asked of government about what more can be done to prevent the spread of hate speech.

The Petition of Sarah Thompson to "End special treatment for Māori" may not come as any great surprise to Māori familiar with Dr Brash's now infamous Orewa speech......

Government launches $12.2m programme to bolster te reo Maori in classrooms
"Normalising" the use of te reo Māori is behind a $12.2 million Government-funded initiative to get teachers and support staff speaking the language in the classroom.

The first part of the Te Ahu o te Reo Māori programme was launched at Parliament on Monday which will see educators go through interactive Māori lessons so they can feel more comfortable using phrases with students.

The programme will be piloted in Waikato, Taranaki-Whanganui, Kāpiti-Horowhenua and Te Waipounamu (South Island) - regions chosen because the Māori classroom populations were expected to increase by 20 per cent over the next four years......

New van critical for Huringa Pai Charitable Trust
NZCT has given a significant grant of $66,000 to Gisborne’s Huringa Pai Charitable Trust, which has made the purchase of a new 18-seat van possible.

The grant is a big boost to Huringa Pai and the local community. It will remove two significant barriers to whānau participating in the Trust’s activities - affordability and transport. Huringa Pai’s activities focus on helping local whānau combat diabetes through supporting their healthy living and include exercise, healthy eating, budgeting and dietary and lifestyle support......

Finlayson slams Tamihere claim evidence
Former Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson has made the unusual step of appearing before the Waitangi Tribunal into its hearing on Hauraki Overlapping Claims.

In his written brief he described much of the evidence put up by Ngāti Porou ki Hauraki negotiator John Tamihere as fiction.

He rejected the suggestion the crown was looking for a quick settlement or that it would attempt settlement in disregard of neighbouring iwi rights and interests.

His concern was to create just and durable settlements with the crown......

Midwifery Workforce Accord Welcomed
• Develop a strategy to better support midwives in training, with a particular focus on Māori and Pacific midwives,....

Could ocean credits be the new carbon credits?
A northern iwi is considering a tradeable system, where iwi could forgo their fishing quota in exchange for environment credits - and the idea is gaining momentum.

Iwi Māori own half of New Zealand's fishing quota, which allows them to harvest around 300,000 tonnes of seafood each year.

While Ngāti Kurī owns just a small portion of this quota, a new environment plan has them asking confronting questions of their own commercial fishing practices.

Sheridan Waitai, the iwi's strategic relations manager, says people - her iwi included - need to get around the perceived entitlement, that fish is the commodity. And she warns if we don't have the right balance in the ocean's ecosystem, things will die.....

Waikato-Tainui signs agreement with Oranga Tamariki
Waikato-Tainui has signed an agreement with Oranga Tamariki with the goal of keeping its children out of state care.

The agreement was signed in Ngāruawāhia at the Waikato Tainui College for Research and Development today and was also attended by Minister for Children Tracey Martin and Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta.

As part of the agreement, Waikato-Tainui will work alongside Oranga Tamariki to ensure children in state care are placed with or connected to their whānau, hapū, iwi and cultural identity.

The two organisations will also share information and will set targets to improve outcomes for Waikato-Tainui tamariki......

Māori success to be focus of new polytech model
A polytechnic that supports tertiary reforms says Māori success within industry training organisations can continue under the new proposed model.

She said Māori ownership of the new model was critical to close the gaps between Māori and non-Māori.

"It's important that Māori are represented at a governance and a senior management or executive level."

She said there should also be a charter to ensure that Māori representation at these levels was protected......

Promises lost in council bureacracy
The head of Auckland’s Independent Māori Statutory Board says Auckland Council still hasn’t worked out how it can deliver on the commitments it has made to Māori.

David Taipari says the fault lies not with the council’s Māori staff but with all departments and council controlled organisations, even though some like Watercare are making an effort.

He says according to the budgets and plans agreed between the board and council, there should be up to $15 million a year for projects and outcomes benefitting Māori.

He says there may be a need for a specific position within Auckland Council dedicated to making progress for Māori, rather than responsibility being spread too thin.......

Misspelled Māori Wellington place and street names may be fixed
A move to support te reo Māori by the Wellington City Council has prompted a review of Māori place and street names.

As part of the council's policy to "lead the way in making the [Māori] language a core part of the cultural fabric and identity of our city", the spelling of Wellington place and street names are being scrutinised.....

Northland marae bans women from site during building phase
A ban on women at a marae building site could deter young women from working in construction, according to a company which encourages Māori and Pasifika people to learn trades.

Mokau Marae in Helena Bay, 46km north-east of Whangārei, has banned women from its grounds while its wharekai (kitchen) and wharenui (main meeting room) are built. The work is expected to be finished in 2020.

A sign on the marae's gate reads: "Please respect our tikanga. No women allowed by order of the Marae Committee."....

Concern for Māori children needs to be system wide
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says while there needs to be a strong voice for Māori children within state care, a Māori children’s commissioner may not be the way to achieve that.

"The one thing I want to be sure of is we don't simply assume if we had a specific Māori children's commissioner, we don't lose sight of the fact it's in our everyday workings within Oranga Tamariki we need to have that focus and it's not simply one person's job, it needed to be embedded across all of our system," she says.......

Hikoi confronts Phil Goff over Ihumātao development
Mana whenua of land that is set to have 480 homes built on it say they're prepared to put their bodies on the line to stop the development from going ahead.

A hikoi ending in Auckland's Aotea Square today saw a 20,000-signature petition delivered to Auckland Mayor Phil Goff, calling for local council and government to protect of Ihumātao.

Ihumātao is located next to the Ōtuataua Stonefields Historic Reserve in Mangere - home to New Zealand's earliest gardens and a significant archaeological site on land considered wahi tapu, or sacred, by local hapū and iwi......

"Beer bottles everywhere!" - Secondary school kapa haka judges removed from Whangārei motel
A Northland motelier is calling for accountability after she says her premises were trashed following the Te Tai Tokerau Secondary Schools Kapa Haka Regionals at the weekend.

She says she removed numerous judges at the event on Sunday morning, after drunken behaviour at the Whangārei motel.

Up to 15 people were asked to vacate Whangārei's Motel Sierra early on Sunday morning, after what the owners describe as "drunken behaviour.".....

The clash between science and silence
A case of a rare beetle, a university and a contract clause is emblematic of a wider issue where commercial contracts can clash with public interest and academic freedom of speech.

Lincoln University was silenced for over two months due to a clause in a research contract with South Island iwi Ngāi Tahu which forced it to seek written permission before speaking publicly.

Repeated attempts by journalists to discover the fate of an endangered beetlecould not be answered by scientists working in the only location they have been found.

The issue relates to the Eyrewell forest in Canterbury, returned to Ngāi Tahu as part of a treaty settlement in 2000. Since its return it’s been stripped of the plantation pine a rare beetle lived in and converted to intensive dairying by Ngāi Tahu Farming. When the conversion is complete the former pine forest will be home to around 14,000 cows......

Māori land must be exempt from capital gains tax
The exemption of hapū and iwi held land is essential to the integrity of a capital gains tax. Unlike property developers and investors, Māori will not make a capital gain from their land. Because of Crown abuse, they have lost capital.

By 1975, Māori had about 3 per cent of their land. The other 97 per cent certainly wasn't sold for a capital gain.

When the Treaty claims settlements came along, Iwi Chairs Forum spokesman Ngahiwi Tomoana said Māori settled for about 2 per cent of the value of their claims.

"We already think we have been taxed 98 per cent of our Treaty settlement," he told RNZ's Te Manu Korihi......

Rotorua Lakes seeks bridge to iwi
The council, Te Tatau o Te Arawa and Te Arawa Lakes Trust have joined forces to recruit a leader to guide council's relationship with the iwi.

Chief executive Geoff Williams says Ngāti Whakaue kaumātua Monty Morrison is stepping down from the kaitiaki ahurea Māori role to give him more time to fulfill his tribal leadership commitments.

He says the new Te Ahurei position won't try to replicate what Mr Morrison did but will build on what was just the first part of the journey.....
Māori demand reform to justice system
Māori justice advocates have renewed the fight for a separate justice system for Māori, saying the outcomes for them are still getting worse and they should be able to take the lead under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

"There needs to be a whole new clean slate because all the laws and all the rules at the moment is made from Pākehā, which seems to be working for Pākehā but is not working for Māori, so we need to get back on that power and get the 50 percent power so we can have a say in who makes rules and the laws in Aotearoa.

Prisons did not exist in Māori culture before colonisation and there were resounding calls at the hui to adopt a traditional Māori approach, where people are held accountable to their whānau and iwi and supported through adversity.

Justice Minister Andrew Little agreed that the current system was not working and told Morning Report it needed to be looked at.

"The way the system is dealing with Māori who wind up in the criminal justice system clearly isn't working."......

Harawira's Ngāpuhi parliament sideshow to economic empowerment
Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says while former MP Hone Harawira’s call for a Ngāpuhi parliament is well intentioned, it’s not the answer to the social and economic woes of the north.

He says there may well be a need for a central forum rather than allowing the iwi to fragment, and Mr Harawira’s idea seems to be based on the Kotahitanga movement of the 1890s.

Polytechnics back change.
An alliance representing more than half the students enrolled in polytechnics has backed the Government’s three-pronged tertiary education reforms.

The Chief Executive of Unitec, Merran Davis, said Māori ownership of the new model was also critical, because it would assist in closing the gap between success rates of Māori and non-Māori students......

Hawke's Bay community want Treaty of Waitangi principles applied to liquor laws
Flaxmere community leaders fighting the renewal of a bottle store's liquor licence are hoping to set legal precedence by arguing that the Treaty of Waitangi principles should apply to liquor laws.

Their lawyer Janet Mason argued Treaty of Waitangi principals should apply to the Sale and Supply of Liquor Act given 58 percent of the community was Māori.

Other Māori and Pacific Island communities were watching this case as it could set a precedent, she said.....

Work gets under way on plan for implementation of UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People
Nine years after New Zealand agreed to sign up to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in relation to Māori, the Government has announced it will begin work on developing a plan to implement it.

The New Zealand Maori Council said last week it would develop benchmarks to hold the Government to account on progress on the aspirations of the Declaration.
This is an opportunity to really throw those doors open and like the Prime Minister said at Waitangi – hold the Government to account. At Maori Council we choose to do that in a much more meaningful way with solutions," he said.....

Consultation on high country land management closing soon
Stretching from Marlborough to Southland, the land covers around 1.2 million hectares, nearly five percent of New Zealand.

Feedback is also being sought on how the Crown can better implement Treaty of Waitangi responsibilities regarding Crown pastoral land.....

Lawyers’ group says flawed bill will kill vulnerable Kiwis
Lawyers who specialise in the protection of vulnerable New Zealanders say the End of Life Choice Bill is a danger to the elderly, the ill, the frail, the neglected, the poor and the lonely. Lawyer Richard McLeod and disability rights advocate and former legal academic Dr Huhana Hickey say that the Bill, which is the subject of a Justice Select Committee Report tabled in Parliament today, will disproportionately affect the nation’s voiceless.

Threat to Māori
The lawyers say that the proposed bill poses a particular threat to Māori, who are disproportionately represented in New Zealand's suicide, terminal illness and chronic sickness rates, and in the areas of mental health and disability.

“Government has social policy responsibilities toward Māori under Article 3 of the Treaty of Waitangi,” says Hickey. “This Bill threatens vulnerable Māori who are old, sick or disabled and who are already being failed by our health system according to a large claim currently before the Waitangi Tribunal.....

Iwi want exemptions for Treaty assets if capital gains tax introduced
Iwi say they have paid enough tax on Treaty settlement money and must get exemptions if a capital gains tax is introduced.

"Our treaty settlements, they were only settled at two percent of their real value, and we already think we have been taxed 98 percent of our treaty settlement.

"One of the issues we were considering was how do we mitigate this huge tax burden of 98 percent on treaty settlement, whereas the Tax Working Group only wanted to consider current-day capital gains tax.".....

Ngāi Te Rangi take grievance with Pare Hauraki to Waitangi Tribunal
The Ngāi Te Rangi Settlement Trust has taken a grievance to the Waitangi Tribunal, claiming that the Hauraki Treaty claim is overlapping into their land and moana.

Pare Hauraki didn't go on the aggressive today, but did make attempts to establish that Ngāi Te Rangi have been adequately compensated through the process.....
More on the above > Ngāi Te Rangi presses claim to Tauranga Harbour at urgent Waitangi Tribunal inquiry
More on the above > 50 complaints against Andrew Little over Treaty settlement
Education reforms chance to reengage disillusioned Maori and improve economy
Now is the time to address long-standing inequities in the education system that are leaving Māori "disillusioned" and isolated, a Ngāi Tahu representative says.

He hoped iwi could work alongside the Government as Treaty partners to rewire the educational system.

Three themes identified and used in its submissions on the reforms were the need to imbed Treaty partnerships, include whānau, and involve iwi in focusing on jobs for the future.

The principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and specific proposals to better address issues and opportunities for Māori learners would be included in each of the three review documents......

'Te Kōtuku' bilingual safety programme aims to curb preventable injury, death among Māori children
A bilingual safety programme developed by a Hawke's Bay firefighter hopes to reduce the high number of avoidable accidents and hospitalisations among Māori children.

Preventable accidents on average kill 18 and injure 2900 Māori children each year.
Te Kōtuku Bilingual Risk Reduction Programme - a partnership between Fire and Emergency, Police and the Māori Languague Commission - hopes to make a dent in some of those figures.

It features a range of books and videos in te reo Māori and English covering topics such as road safety, wearing seatbelts and cooking in the kitchen.....

Māori king launches rebranded Takitimu Seafoods, a project '30 years in the making'
A project "30 years in the making" officially launched on Monday, with the official opening of Takitimu Seafoods.

The launch drew in a crowd of about 350 people, including the Māori King, His Majesty Kingi Tūheitia, who cut the ribbon......

Calls for a Māori Children's Commissioner to give voice and advocacy tamariki
There are growing calls to establish a Māori Children's Commissioner, as tamariki Māori remain over-represented in state care, state abuse and youth detention.

Māori Council executive director Matthew Tukaki has launched a call for a new role to be established.

"We need an independent, stand alone Māori Children's Commissioner - to provide some kind of oversight and some sort of independent voice and advocacy on behalf of Māori children and their whānau," he said.....

Changing the public health system to address Māori inequity
A new paradigm for Māori health is thriving in Hamilton. It’s a model that needs to be funded directly from treasury to Māori, run by Māori and be introduced nationwide, says managing director of primary health organisation Te Kohao Health Ltd, Whaea (Lady) Tureiti Moxon......

King Country town divided over proposal to change its name to a Māori one
North of its bigger country cousin, Taumarunui, and just south of Te Kuiti, is Benneydale - population 170.

It's in line for a name change because of a Treaty of Waitangi settlement, but locals, used to its name, are worried.

The town was named after two officials at the nearby coal mine seventy years ago, Charlie Benney and Tom Dale......

"We need to establish a Ngāpuhi Parliament" - Harawira
The Minister of Treaty Negotiations Andrew Little has been meeting Ngapuhi leaders to discuss progress towards a settlement. Hone Harawira says he's been meeting with Andrew Little and says Ngapuhi should have it's own parliament.

Former MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira says he has a solution for progress towards a settlement

"We need to establish a Ngāpuhi Parliament"....

Māori education experts sceptical of Government's ambitious Te Reo strategy
The Government's plan to boost Te Reo teachers is being called a "pipe dream", as tertiary providers and schools struggle with dwindling numbers of students training to become teachers.

This comes as a Māori education working group has looks to lift the numbers of Te Reo teachers even further....

National fails hypocrisy test in Ecan vote
Labour MP Peeni Henare is blaming National rather than New Zealand First for the failure of a move to appoint Ngāi Tahu representatives to Environment Canterbury.

"Some of the arguments that were being put forward by the National Party were 'it's got to be a full democracy,' and 'if they're good enough they will make it there on their own merits,' yet this is the same party that crow about how many Treaty of Waitangi settlements they pushed through and how pro-Māori they were," Mr Henare says.......

Changing offensive 'Naki' business name a costly task, butchery owner says
Kieran Baker has owned the The Naki Butcher for five years and is torn about changing its name.

Businesses across Taranaki are grappling with whether to ditch "Naki" from their name after academic Dennis Ngawhare said many Maori found the abbreviation offensive.

Baker, who is of of Ngāti Raukawa descent, said he had travelled a fair bit through New Zealand and Japan and the brand was well recognised everywhere he visited.....

Māori media not a classroom
Māori broadcasters feel the expectations on them to revive the Māori language are too high - and not matched by the funding on offer.

"We’re not teachers. Our job is to entertain and to give information, encourage our people to think bigger. Some of the reo speakers at the hui said they don't want a Māori language education, they want to watch television and be able to laugh and cry and be informed like everybody else," Ms Melbourne says......

Forest institute Scion backs circular economy push
Scion, the forestry crown research institute, is promoting moves for New Zealand to start thinking in terms of a circular economy.

While the term circular economy may be new, the concept should be familiar to Māori.

"You know we take that holistic approach, the natural environment is part of our thinking, part of our DNA, so when we make decisions it's not just about us and now, it is also about our environment," Mr Meha says......

South Taranaki mayoral candidate under fire for 'Naki' branding
A respected iwi leader says a South Taranaki mayoral candidate has been deliberately offensive by chosing to use the term "Naki" in the branding of his business.

Entrepreneurs Craig Baylis and his wife Jo launched the South Naki clothing and accessories brand in Hāwera earlier this year.

Its T-shirts, caps, beanies and even billboards feature slogans such as "South Naki - doing it Southern style", "Sweet home South Naki" and "South Naki - a state of mind".

Dr Edwards said he wanted to have face-to-face a discussion with Mr and Mrs Baylis and he hoped they engaged and rebranded.

However, Mr Baylis said the name was not derived from Taranaki but rather the Māori Dictionary translation for the word "naki" meaning to glide, or move with an even motion.

He said he was sticking with the branding.......

'Religious' references to Māori sea god in Wellington's climate change plan irks councillors​
Tangaroa – the Māori god of the sea – may be little more than a mythological figure, but the mere mention of the devine being's name in Wellington's climate change plan has some city councillors spooked.

The document sparked a spirited debate at the council's City Strategy Committee meeting on Thursday after councillors received a report that talked about Tangaroa reclaiming the city's CBD through sea level rise.

The reference irked several councillors as religious and inappropriate, with Nicola Young attempting to attach an amendment removing references to "deities of any denomination".

Ngāi Tahu Representation Bill voted down in Parliament
New Zealand First has scuppered Labour's bid to give Ngāi Tahu permanent seats on the Canterbury Regional Council, saying its special treatment for Māori.

Labour MP for Te Tai Tonga Rino Tirikatene introduced the Ngāi Tahu Representation Bill to parliament yesterday - it was voted down when New Zealand First sided with National.

There are two Ngāi Tahu representatives on the Canterbury Regional Council, but under existing governance legislation those roles will expire before October's local body elections......

Māori academic encourages businesses to ditch 'Naki' branding
More Taranaki firms should follow the example of a New Plymouth IT company and drop the word "Naki" from their branding, a Māori academic says.

Naki Cloud is changing its name to Our Cloud after Māori iwi approached the firm, saying they found the abbreviation offensive.

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa New Plymouth campus head Dennis Ngawhare said many Taranaki Māori find the abbreviation irritating and disrespectful.

A Google search for the word "Naki" returns the names of dozens of companies that have adopted the abbreviation from earthworks contractors to fishing charters and even a business hiring out bouncy castles......

Call to reconsider Tauranga street names celebrating British military
There are fresh calls for a public debate around whether to change the names of some of Tauranga's best-known streets.

Many roads in the central city and others scattered around the wider city and Western Bay of Plenty are named for British men involved in the land wars and, notably, the Battle of Gate Pā (Pukehinahina), which happened 155 years ago this month.

Some were military men - such as General Duncan Cameron (Cameron Rd) who commanded the British troops at the 1864 battle - while others were politicians and missionaries.

Tommy Wilson, a long-time campaigner for changing the names, said they were a source of mamae (pain) for some tangata whenua.

"General Cameron led a, what some would call, a massacre against Māori.

"It is still painful for tangata whenua today.".......

Medicine information leaflets now available in te reo Maori
A series of medicine information leaflets for New Zealand health consumers - My Medicines - is being made available in te reo Maori.

My Medicines leaflets are developed by a team at Canterbury District Health Board made up of doctors and pharmacists, and a non-medical person to help keep language simple.....

Increasing Māori health workforce focus of day-long event
Around 40 students from seven Tauranga schools have taken part in a day-long event focussed on increasing the Māori workforce in health.

The Te Whe pilot programme for Year 10 rangatahi (young people) was held at St Johns Ambulance Tauranga headquarters on 17th Avenue. The students enjoyed an ambulance tour and rescue helicopter visit as well interactive exercises on IV (intravenous) injections, wound management care, use of a resuscitation kit, and an introduction to CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)......

Grey District Council to consider MoU to acknowledge the importance of Maori
At its ordinary meeting on 8 April 2019, Grey District Council will be considering a Memorandum of Understanding with Te Rananga O Ngati Waewae, which is aimed at giving greater recognition of the importance of Maori in the Grey District.

The intention of this Memorandum is to confirm reciprocal respect and dignity and will introduce two important measures of acknowledgement, namely:

- As an informal arrangement until the 2022 Triennial Elections, the Chairperson of the Rananga will attend all Council meetings and will have full participation rights, except the right to vote. Formalising a Maori seat on Council for the 2022 election will be included as part of the next Representation Review, which will take place in late 2020.

- There will be a greater Iwi ‘presence’ in the Greymouth CBD and elsewhere in the District. For example, this may be in the form of Maori icons or a depiction of Maori history.......

Peters forced to apologise for saying Bridges has 'racist view' during capital gains tax debate over Māori land
Winston Peters has been forced to apologise for saying Simon Bridges employed an "ethnic and racist view" during a capital gains tax debate over Māori land in Parliament today.

"Will Māori land recovered under the Treaty of Waitangi settlements be exempted under the Government's proposed capital gains tax as Meka Whaitiri has suggested recently to The Gisborne Herald?" Mr Bridges asked.

Mr Peters, who was answering as the Acting Prime Minister due to Jacinda Ardern's absence, gave an answer that didn't sit well with Speaker of the House Trevor Mallard.

"Can I just say that this attempt to provide an ethnic and racist view on a very serious study is bound to fail," he said.

The Speaker then made Mr Peters withdraw and apologise as "he cannot suggest that member is racist".......

Maori Council to make a move on care and protection of kids
The New Zealand Maori Council is launching a new campaign to highlight the number of Maori Children in State Care and the increasing numbers who are being abused. Matthew Tukaki, Executive Director of Council has said its time to have an accounting of where things are at and why things are so wrong when it comes to Maori Children:

“This new campaign is going to bring some home truths to the debate and the narrative around what is happening with our tamariki in State Care. The reality is that of the 220 that were abused in State Care last year 70.1% of them were our children. More than half of all children in care are Maori and the truth is we seem to be seeing an increase in the rapidity of those being taken into care.” Tukaki has said.....

Framework to hold Govt to account on UNDRIP
“Then of course there is Article 21 – which is very much about Indigenous peoples having the right, without discrimination, to the improvement of their economic and social conditions, including, inter alia, in the areas of education, employment, vocational training and retraining, housing, sanitation, health and social security. – that is why the Maori Council established eight national taskforces in September of last year to very much draw the various kaupapa together with solutions and performance benchmarks.” Tukaki said

“What we need to do is make the declaration meaningful, to build solutions and policies around how we can ensure we are meeting the obligations and then test and measure our performance against it. This is an opportunity to really throw those doors open and like the Prime Minister said at Waitangi – hold the Government to account – at Maori Council we choose to do that in a much more meaningful way with solutions.” Tukaki said.....

Council adopts FMUs for the Otago region
ORC Councillors voted today to adopt five Freshwater Management Units (FMUs) for the Otago Region, including the Mata-au, Taieri, North Otago, Dunedin Coastal and Catlins units, as well as five sub-units, or “rohe”.

ORC Chief Executive Sarah Gardner said, “We have worked closely with Aukaha, our iwi partner, to develop FMU boundaries. The concept of ki uta ki tai (from the mountains to the sea), which recognises the movement of water through the landscape and the numerous interactions it may have on its journey, has been a key influence in the forming of FMU boundaries.”.....

Hapū push claims for takutai moana control
Whakatōhea hapū have told the Waitangi Tribunal that hapū and iwi could have conflicting interests over the protection of the takutai moana.

The tribunal opened its hearing at Waiwhetu Marae last week into a claim over how the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 working.

Hapū claimants allege the procedural arrangements and resources provided by the Crown under the Act prejudice their attempts to have their rights recognised.

She says hapū are trying protect their rights not just from the crown but from other iwi entities laying blanket claims to protect their relationship with councils for harbour development initiatives commercial enterprises.....

Four hapu from Whakatohea seek marine and coastal rights

Time to report on indigenous rights progress
The Government says it's time for New Zealand to get serious about the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

"That is really around the way in which in New Zealand, thinking around Māori participation in the environment, co-management agreements, treaty settlements and the like have urged us to say let's come up with a national plan of action and start to report from a New Zealand context how we are making progress on the declaration articles," Ms Mahuta says........

More on the above here > National Iwi chairs spokersperson, Dr Margaret Mutu on Paakiwaha

Auckland Council push back on iwi calls to ban scattering ashes
Scattering the ashes of the dead in public places and waterways is abhorrent and culturally inappropriate, Auckland iwi say.

Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Whanaunga, Ngāti Tamaoho and Ngāti Te Ata Waiohua have made submissions to Auckland Council to ban the practice.

Ngāti Whātua tikanga advisor Dame Naida Glavish said it is a repugnant practice in Māori custom, especially in waterways.

"That's our food table - our eels swim in the waterways. Our food grows in the waterways," she said......

Shear commitment to te reo Māori
For the very first time, organisers of the New Zealand Shearing Championships have brought in a te reo Māori advocate to assist commentators with the pronunciation of Māori names.

Many Māori compete in the annual event held in Te Kūiti. President of the competition, Clair Grainger, says it was only right that they introduce the initiative.

"We go to a lot of shearing competitions around the country and you hear commentators pronounce the Māori names or peoples names in general really, sometimes its just not very successful at all. SO we thought it was important that we started pronouncing people's names correctly."

Ruki says it's imperative Māori names are pronounced correctly, to ensure nothing is lost in translation.......

Iwi buys Hawke's Bay Seafoods business at centre of under-reporting its fishing
Hawke's Bay Seafoods, the company at the centre of large fisheries offending, has been sold.

As of Monday the company was trading as Takitimu Seafoods.

The company's website states the business had been sold and would be operating as a new entity, Takitimu Seafoods, from April 1.....

Tribal appointees shift balance of power in Hastings council
Virtue-signalling trumped rational debate when the Hastings District Council voted 10-4 on Thursday to enable four members of the Maori Joint Committee to sit and vote on the council’s four standing committees.

The vote went through after an email campaign from Hobson's Pledge encouraging councillors to vote against the motion. Councillors received over 100 emails each.

The council’s move circumvented the requirement of Section 41 of the Local Government Act 2002 that only elected representatives may vote at full council meetings. It avoided a referendum because it was not a proposal for a Maori ward......

Manawhenua Hauora and MDHB re-sign agreement
MidCentral District Health Board (MDHB) and its Māori Relationship Board Manawhenua Hauora have re-signed their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to advance Maori health in the district.

The MoU is renewed every three years, and underpins the MDHB’s commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi and Māori health gain.....

Halo effect to restore Ruapehu wildlife
Three Ruapehu iwi are hoping for government support for an inland island eco-sanctuary near National Park Village.

Uenuku, which includes Uenuku, Tamakana and Tamahaki, would like support for their kaitiaki role as part of their treaty settlement......

Competition lures Māori from teaching
Primary school teachers are ramping up their push for improved money and conditions, after pausing bargaining because of events in Christchurch.

She says the offer on the table does nothing to restore pay parity with secondary teachers, and it also fails to address structural problems that make it hard to recruit and retain Māori teachers, especially those with te reo Māori skills.

The NZEI’s Māori medium workforce strategy estimates 4000 fluent Māori teachers are needed in the system, and the current number falls far short......